Tuesday, April 24, 2007


I was really annoyed by all the fretting done by New York Yankee fans last year over how disappointed they were in Alex Rodriguez. So it's nice for A-Rod that he is having such an amazing start to this year. I was watching ESPN last night and I have to say : Calm down!

You would think that A-Rod is on the verge of breaking the single season home run and RBI records already. It's April folks. He tied the record for most April HRs (a somewhat meaningless record, since there are a lot more April games played these days than there used to be) last night. That wasn't exactly a Maris-esque feat. The record was set just last year by Albert Pujols. A-Rod is having a great start, but there's a long way to go this season. It would be fun to see him make a run at the home run and RBI records, but he's got a long way to go to do that.

One thing I'm waiting to hear about is how the Yankees keep losing even though A-Rod is hitting a home run every game. This "negative correlation" was touted back when Mark McGwire broke the Maris record and when Barry Bonds broke McGwire's record. McGwire's Cardinals were not even close to making the postseason that year, and Bonds' Giants finished several games out as well. You couldn't escape people saying ridiculous things about how maybe these guys were hurting their teams with their individual exploits. They were taking the focus off the team, or some other nonsense. I'm sure we'll hear garbage like that if the Yankees pitching keeps stinking it up and A-Rod keeps tearing it up.

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