(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer Most guys in his place disappear for a while or else crumple up faster than a napkin.
Not Alex Rodriguez.
Somehow he still shows up at the ballpark every day determined to take his licks, good and bad. That should count for something. So whatever else is said about A-Rod - and every indication is that there's still plenty to come - at least acknowledge this much: The man has guts.
Just for fun, try to come up with another athlete who so many people are hoping will fail.
Rodriguez has more haters at the moment than anyone this side of Lance Armstrong. His sport wants him gone and so do most of its fans. The Yankees want out from under A-Rod's contract, and even some of his union brethren and teammates would pay good money for the privilege of hitting him with the door on the way out.
And every time Rodriguez opens his mouth, he only makes all those things worse.
He's been portrayed as delusional and a serial liar who used PED...