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Yankee fans are ridiculous. They way they are treating A-Rod is just inexcusable. The man can’t do anything right. And let me tell you something, the boos have cracked his shell. You can just see it. He looks so uncomfortable at the plate. He’s swinging at pitches he doesn’t usually swing at. Yesterday, he was late on a Paul Byrd fastball. A PAUL BYRD fastball. Now, you can say that Alex does think too much, and he does care what the fans think, but enough is enough. Last night, with the Yankees up 1-0 and nobody on base, A-Rod struck out. After doing so, he was booed off the field. Why? Tell me why! And if he did get a hit, they’d give him a mock cheer. This is a man who was the M.V.P last year. If it wasn’t for him, the Yankees probably don’t make the playoffs. Of course, we all know he went 2-15 in the ALDS, but he was no worse than Randy Johnson. These are also the same fans that are going to go nuts if he hits a big homerun. The same fans that are going to want a curtain call. If I were him, I wouldn’t take the curtain call, but that would only make things worse. It’s like fighting city hall; it’s a fight you can’t win.
If you were to say he doesn’t hit when it counts, you’d only be half right. He is only 4-33 in close and late situations. However, with RISP he’s hitting .310. With men on 2nd and 3rd he’s hitting .600. If you think the boos don’t effect him, look at his home-road splits. He hits much better away from the stadium. Now, Yankee stadium is no walk in the park for right handed batters, but it’s nothing like it used to be.
Can the “Yankee Captain” stick up for A-Rod? “C’mon man, we won the game. We all go through this, just come out and play tomorrow.” That’s not a quote you’d like to hear from a “Yankee God.” Also, when did you go through this, Derek? In 2004, Jeter was off to a terrible start. He was in a 2 month slump and nobody treated him this way. I’m not saying that Jeter needs to get booed. However, when Jeter does do something wrong, you’d think the fans could at least acknowledge it.
I have one more gripe that I’d like to mention. These fans that are booing Alex are the same fans who cheered Jason Giambi on opening day last year. The same fans that chanted “MVP, MVP, MVP” for Gary Sheffield. They like to cheer for guys who cheat, but boo for someone that probably hasn’t cheated. Yes, Giambi did admit that he cheated, but that doesn’t get him off the hook. Last year, Giambi was playing like a dog. He was completely lost, and was on the verge of being demoted to triple A. Did he get booed? Of course he did, but NOTHING like this.
Has Derek Jeter been booed? Maybe three times in his career. Mo, Bernie, and Posada? Also, a few times, but they’re not booing A-Rod anymore; they’re riding him.
Disagree with something? Got something to add? Wanna bring up something totally new? Tony Aubry lives in Queens, New York, and can be reached at email@example.com.