Booing A-Rod

Today’s loss was brutal for many reasons, but what – seriously, what? – is up with A-Rod this year? Is it the divorce? Is it not being able to tour with Madonna? Is it not having Doug Mientkiewicz around? 

He’s hit into so many DPs with men in scoring position that it’s truly bizarre. No one doubts how hard he works. And no one doubts his talent. But he seems to have one swing – that big, looping arc – regardless of the situation. Even Lyle Overbay bunted today to move the runner over. Why can’t A-Rod shorten his swing sometimes, punch/poke the ball the opposite way, EXECUTE? Admittedly I’m a writer not a ballplayer and I couldn’t hit a ball to save my life, but is it really that hard for a guy who’s been called the best in the game to perform in the clutch? Is it? Why?
As for the booing, I understand the frustration of everybody at the Stadium today. I booed A-Rod on my computer. (Thanks to Fox’s blackout I was stuck with MLB.TV here in California.) But what’s the point of booing him in person? It’ll only make him choke more, plus I have a thing about not booing my own team. 
I started the day feeling optimistic that the Yankees would pull off a win before having to face Halladay tomorrow. Now I’m miserable. 

9 Comments

I actually mentioned the booing of A-Rod in my post today.
I think the fans should boo the whole team. They collectively contribute to losses and find a way to make sure A-Rod is at the plate when the game is on the line every time so that he gets all the blame… which is a pretty ingenious set-up if you ask me.
I’m miserable here as well. The Yanks don’t just stab you in the heart, they make sure they twist the knife.
V – http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com

I got the feeling the fans did boo the whole team. Certainly Cano heard his share. It’s so weird. We finally score a few runs and then the defense and bullpen flush them down the toilet. But when the bullpen was good, we didn’t score any runs. Nothing has gone right this year – at least not at the same time. Oh, the heartache.
– Jane

Two inches the other way and that was a game winning double. Yes, baseball is a crazy game and sometimes it comes down to luck. Without luck, the Yankees would have had stronger performances out of their bullpen, and they would have won the game when it was 6-3.

We as Jays fans, are fighting to keep our coveted 3rd place spot in the AL East. We’ve been there for nearly 13 years while you guys have been in the playoffs having postseason glory, we feel pretty comfortable there and don’t want to give it up.

Oh well, you can’t win them all, great blog.
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

The Yanks do not have luck on their side. They haven’t had it all season. As you said, when one thing goes right, another thing goes horribly wrong. The bullpen haddd been amazing… then collapsed. The offense has been on and off all season. The game is just cruel and unusual.
V – F4Td

For welikeroy, all I can say is why aren’t the Jays contending for a playoff spot? You have pitching AND Wells and Rios, and you always give the Yankees and Red Sox trouble!
– Jane

Thanks for the comment on my blog Jane,
The Jays are just not as deep as teams like the Yankees or Red Sox. That is my only explanation, Wells has been injured, Burnett, Halladay for large chunks of many different seasons and we don’t have the personel to back them up.

I also put some blame on John Gibbons (the Jays manager for the past 3 1/2 seasons). The attitude and abilties of this club have completely changed with Cito Gaston. The first thing Gaston did when he came here was call up Brandon League and Adam Lind. You saw how good League was last nite (striking the Yanks out in order in the 7th) and Adam Lind can flat out hit but Gibbons sent him down just because of a little slump.

So, with Cito there is hope. As the old saying goes, ‘We’ll get’em next year.” You guys are going to have to learn that, just kidding.

Yeah, there does seem to be a different attitude with Cito back at the helm. And League’s pitches were filthy yesterday. Sheesh.

As for learning about the “wait until next year” thing, it’s a difficult lesson after 13 straight postseasons. We Yankee fans are spoiled. We won’t know what to do with ourselves in October – not that I’m conceding….yet.
– Jane

I conceded with the Jays about a week ago. I’ve shifted my focus to the heated 3rd place battle going on with the Yankees. All I want is a medal, whoops, I’ve been watching too much Olympics.

You should be feeling pretty good so far today. The Yankees are four runs down in the second (so far) with your boy Roy on the mound. I’m feeling sick.

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