So I am in a state where I am desperately trying things to pass the time until baseball season begins – and I don’t just mean spring training games and pitchers and catchers report stuff. That’s not the end-all, be-all for me. I mean the real thing. Real games, counting stats, nightly standings. And I log onto my favorite daily sites to read something that will hopefully pass the time in a faster manner (nothing will), and all I find is Alex Rodriguez talk.
I have little reaction to the A-Rod stuff at this point. I just want it to go away. He’s a liar. He’s lied so long that he probably believes himself. He strikes me as the kind of guy who sits around wondering why the rest of the world is mad at him for all of this.
I agree with Fangraph’s Dan Szymborski in that A-Rod should just go full-heel turn if he ever plays again and embrace being the villain. But he’s never going to be able to do that because A-Rod is a tone deaf douche. He will probably ride off into the sunset lying. Just die clean, that’s the only way to save face at this point.
The whole thing is a real shame. I remember back in 1996 when Rodriguez exploded upon the scene. I presume he might have been cheating then as well, but the world didn’t know it. And this kid was one of the most exciting players to follow growing up. What he was doing in Seattle every night back then was a joy to watch. It’s hard to believe this is even the same player and person we’re sitting here hating to write about all these years later.
And I long for a day when we get something interesting to talk about or read about. Just 75 more long, excruciating days until we have something other than Rodriguez and his sketch doctor Bosch to talk about. I can hardly live long enough.