Originally written July 15, 2012 on Lady Loves Pinstripes:
There is no ‘i’ in TEAM. The New York Yankees were looking to sweep the LA Angels yesterday, but after a hard fought game the Halos beat the Bombers 10-8. Of course the game went down to the last out, as the Yankees had the bases loaded and Alex Rodriguez couldn’t get the job as he popped up for the final out. Overall a successful weekend in the Bronx as the Yankees won the series 2-1 but you would never have know by the way New York fans were acting. The A-rod hating was at an all time high at the stadium, as fans seem to be suffering from short-term memory loss again. As in the bottom of the first inning, with the Bombers already down 0-2 it was A-rod who hit a two-run homer to tie it up. Take A-rod’s two runs off the score and the game would have been well out of reach for the Yankees in the same situation. Fans conveniently seem to forget the base running blunder by Cano in the third, which caused A-rod to get tagged out at home; and Martin’s pop-up bunt in the fifth that caught...
  • The booing of A-rod stems from the false sense of power and consistency that he gave the world from his use of steroids. He gave us a false sense of security, of power from his bat, and 30 - 36 homers per year that we've come to expect, and now that he's no more than a singles hitter, that's where the resentment comes from.
  • thanks for the info captain obvious. these are things any true yankee fan has known since soriano was traded for the most expensive singles hitter in the bigs.
  • Only a true Yankee fan will ever understand the Alex Rodriguez/Dave Winfield phenomenon. Yankee fans are used to winning. We expect to be in it every year without fail. We don't go out and get the "best" player in the game and pay him a fortune to get to the playoffs. We can and do that without any help from Alex/Dave or any other superstar. We get the best player because we expect to win the World Series and that is his job - to win the World Series. Reggie came and instantly won 2 world series. Reggie was loved by the fans. Steinbrenner brought winning teams. We loved George because he won. Many things happen during a ballgame. the Yankess win because they own the 7-8-9 th innings - that is Yankee time. We expected Reggie to come through in the 7-9th, and he rarely failed us. When the game is on the line, when one swing of the bat can end the game, give us Reggie, Mickey, DiMaggio, Jeter, Bernie Williams, and leave the scrubs Alex and Winfield in Texas and San Diego. Same with pitching. They used to call Whitey Ford a money pitcher - why? because when the game mattered Whitey brought his A game and he was unbeatable. Same with Guidry, Mariano, Goose Gossage, and the greatest clutch pitcher of all time Andy Petite. Remember how he shut out the mighty Atlanta Braves when the Yankees where looking cooked and started us on a 4 World Series run? Who cares what happens in the 1st 6 innings, or in May or June for that matter. The race starts in late July early August. And Sept and Oct is Yankee time. When the game is on the line, Alex fails every time. Bases loaded and only two down, give me a break!! A base hit would have tied the game, a double wins it. that is the stuff that Yankees are made of. Alex has never stepped up to the challenge. He had one good year and the Yankees won. We were ready to embrace him. And then, he went back to his old choking ways. It does not matter that you get 60 home runs a year. the only home runs that matter are the 7-8-9th inning home runs in the Playoffs and World Series that win it all for NY. Aaron Rogers was more a true Yankee than scrub Alex. When it mattered Bucky Dent, Aaron Rogers came through. Where is Alex, when is he going to step up and carry this team the way Reggie did? Or Guidry, or Mickey, DiMaggio, Ruth, Gehrig? Alex gets fats on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th pitcher, you know the type, the Tony Gwynns, Dave Winfields - they can always hit the middle of the order. But the ACE shuts them down. The Dodgers threw Hall of Fame pitchers at Reggie and he took them downtown everytime, Sutton, Hooton, all of them. When the game was on the line, and the ACE was on the mound, Reggie stepped up - where is Alex the Choker? Hell, even Chris Chambliss was more a pressure player than Alex. He won the 1976 American League Pennant all by himself - one swing of the bat. And, remember who got the first 2 runs of the 6th game of the 1977 world series, that's right, it was a home run from Chris Chambliss a true big game Yankee. We forget about Chamblis and Pinella because of Reggie's 3 home runs, but that team was stocked with big-game players. Not a choker on that team. Alex can't shine their shoes. That's right, there is no i in team. Alex, like his boys Gwynn and Winfield are all about "i" individual statistics and nothing for the team.
  • There are a couple of itmes I might quibble with-- Burt Hooton a HOFer? Not!! Also, statistically, a couple of years ago, Elias had the greater majority of Alex's Homers either giving the Yanks the lead or winning the game. BUT--- on the whole, I agree with you. My own opinion, Alex doesn't even fatten up on pitchers 2, 3 and 4 anymore!!--- he's a singles hitter!!!
  • Actually, we agree. Hooton not a HOFr, but at the time, was there any doubt that he was one of the pitching ACES on the so-called unbeatable Dodger team? Munson, Reggie, Pinella, and Chamblis took those guys apart - I remember even Steve Garvey was applauding when Reggie hit that last one. And, let's not forget that Mickey and Willie stayed on base all through that series. No chokers. And, let's face it, Alex could help us win with singles. A single in that Angels game would have tied it. And, what happened last night, Oakland beats us 2-1. Singles, doubles, triples, doesn't matter, when the game is on the line he chokes. And, I remember that Elias stat. When they looked at it closely, most of those HRs were hit before the 7th inning - when there really isn't the same pressure. So if you hit a 3 run homer in the 4th and the pitching and defense holds on t0 win, that isn't what I call a clutch hit under pressure. So, yeah, he is a singles hitter but he doesn't even do that when it matters most.

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