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The Fall of the 2011 New York Yankees

For the second year in a row, the season ended for the New York Yankees with a strikeout from Alex Rodriguez. I should be happy, since I think the Yankees are bad for baseball, and since A-Rod exemplifies this with his $252 million contract and subsequent demands to be traded to a contender like the Yankees, but I can't help feeling sorry for the guy.

Earlier today, a friend sent me a link to a Sporting News article on the most disliked player (by the fans) for each franchise. A-Rod was most disliked in Texas. For the Mariners it was Bobby Ayala and for the Yankees it was Carl Pavano, but you could make the argument that it's A-Rod on all three teams. He still gets booed here in Seattle. And no one was ever booed like A-Rod was booed when he returned in April 2001 with the Texas Rangers. Man, we let him have it.

How sad is that? He's one of the best ever at what he does, a thing that almost every American boy would love to be able to do; he gets money, fame and women; and yet.. and yet... so disliked.

Posada had a helluva series, didn't he? Like he knew it was his last shot. Cano emerged as the scariest guy on the team. Granderson was unbelievable, Gardner kept getting basehits from the nine hole. Jeter ran out of magic.

Here's the honor roll:

  • 2001: Arizona
  • 2002: Anaheim
  • 2003: Florida
  • 2004: Boston
  • 2005: Anaheim
  • 2006: Detroit
  • 2007: Cleveland
  • 2009: n/a
  • 2010: Texas
  • 2011: Detroit

Go Tigers. Keep going, Tigers.

ADDENDUM: Nice piece on Game 5 by ESPN's David Schoenfield.

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Posted at 09:32 PM on Thu. Oct 06, 2011 in category Yankees Suck  


Tim wrote:

I will never feel sorry for Alex Rodriguez, inc. It's karmic that he's disliked when he has been so apparently concerned about his image while continuing to alienate the fanbase.

When I saw that note last night, I thought Mike was saying he was the most disliked in New York, not Dallas. Most disliked Ranger makes a ton of sense.

Comment posted on Fri. Oct 07, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Mister B wrote:

I read something years ago where quite a few of Alex's teammates had started calling Alex “The Cooler” because his former teams played better after he left them.

How many years does he have left on his contract and where else could he go if it continues to fall apart for him in NY?

Dodgers don't have the money. Boston just spent their money. The Mets are in trouble. Anaheim could spend some money to pick him up (trade & take on part of his salary), but I can't imagine (well, actually, I can and I'm enjoying the vision) of Alex getting booed in Texas and Seattle a lot more often in the future.

It's been a while, I think, since a player left the Bronx because he needed a change of scenery. Was Randy Johnson the last one?

Comment posted on Sat. Oct 08, 2011 at 08:03 PM
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