The BaseballWriter's Association New York chapter recently presented A-Rod with the Babe Ruth Award for postseason MVP. His .365 BA, 6 HR, and 18 RBI in 15 games in the 2009 playoffs earns him this honor, an honor that MLB.com writer Anthony DiComo deemed "unlikely" for a player who was so noticeably un-clutch in his four previous postseason appearances with the Yankees.
Upon accepting his prize, Rodriguez paused for a moment, then delivered a punch-line: "what's next, the Good Guy award?"
Hey, funny joke, Alex! Did you write that one?
I'm sorry, I can't contain this any longer. Where were we a year ago? Watching reruns of the infamous Katie Couric interview in which A-Rod lifts his nose on fellow power-hitters, incredulous as to why it was that they were tempted to soil their careers by injecting their butt-cheeks with steroids?
That's what I thought. Just wanted to make sure. Said A-Rod: "I've never felt overmatched on the baseball field. I've always been in a very strong, dominant position."
When it turned out he was lying through the entire interview, people were up-in-arms. There was question about whether or not he would return to baseball, or even be allowed to. He missed Spring Training this year with a convenient and mysterious cyst in his hip that caused another injury that would force him to miss just the right amount of time for the season to start and for the controversy to die down. Then, conscience cleared after the Yankees sanctioned his heartwarming apology to the media, he begins to play like nothing ever happened, and gains the confidence to start hitting in the playoffs and earn awards and admiration.
Why do we let this happen? Seriously. Just because the Yankees or Bud "can't tell Fremont from his own rear orifice" Selig say it's OK doesn't mean us baseball fans have to sit back and take it.
Alex Rodriguez is a bad person. He's a liar, he's a cheater, he's an adulterer who sleeps with prostitutes, and the Baseball Writer's Association is inviting him to parties? And letting him crack jokes about how he IS a terrible example for kids and baseball fans, alike? And his successes are being applauded by ball-washing New York-centric writers on MLB.com?
I think we have a very serious problem, here, and as pissed off I am at Mark McGwire, too, I think this is a problem that transcends the steroid era, entirely. The problem is the baseball media. They have the power to spin a bad guy into a hero, just because it happens to serve the interests of baseball's most lucrative teams. Sure, if I were Brian Cashman or Hank Steinbrenner, I REALLY wouldn't want A-Rod to be forced to retire after I've coughed up enough money pay the entirety of Manhattan's ConEd bill, but we shouldn't be forced to read that he's actually just a conflicted guy who's sorry for what he did, and now he's enjoying his time walking and talking with a network of powerful circle jerk writers who tell us what to think about the game. The Yankees should have realized they were signing a man who was an abnormally poor example for mankind and been prepared to deal with those consequences.
I guess, from what I hear, Babe Ruth wasn't a very good guy, either, so maybe it's appropriate that Alex was given this award. I just want some important people to call him out and to treat him as the ungrateful succubus that he is.