A-Roid, A-Fraud, A Disaster

I’m about to delve into uncharted m.blog territory: sports. Wait! Don’t close the page! This a serious matter: Alex Rodriguez has been caught using performance enhancing drugs again and things aren’t looking good for his legacy.

Now, there’s something you might not know about me and I’m going to drop a major sack of WOAH on you: I was a pretty big Yankees fan growing up. I’m not so into baseball anymore, but in middle school and high school and early college I was a die-hard Yankee fan. I was such a big fan that I wrote to my favorite Yankees – Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Alex Rodriguez – asking, begging, pleading, cajoling for one measly autograph. Anything would do!

Well, I got one response: a signed 8×11 picture of Alex Rodriguez, standing on the top steps of the Yankee Stadium dugout, smiling from underneath his Yankee cap. I think opening that letter rivaled the excitement I felt when I opened the acceptance letter from my college of choice.

I was over the moon. I even licked my finger and smudged the tiniest corner of the “Z” to make sure that it was real ink. I hadn’t expected a response and didn’t receive one from the other players. I had written something like “Mr. Rodriguez I think you’re really awesome! I know that the media and some of the fans get on you, but don’t forget you’re great…” I was definitely hoping that this flattery would help in getting me an autograph, but I also felt bad because a lot of people were just being haters.

There’s only one problem: Alex Rodriguez IS a tool and he has done nothing but reinforce this commonly held belief. Here are his most embarrassing moments as I see them:

Falling in love with Madonna, who in turn dumped him for a 21-year-old:

ben1Image source The Huffington Post

The first time he was caught cheating (and became known as “A-Fraud”):

ben2Image source Sports Illustrated

When it leaked that he had a portrait of himself as the top half of a centaur (below: not the actual photo):

ben3Image source The Greedy Pinstripes

And the time he was flirting with two women in the stands during the ALCS… Dude, really?

ben4Image source Sports Illustrated

It’s a shame, because I had visions of pulling that picture out in 20 years and showing it to my awestruck son, who would look up at me (and my completely handsome and still youthful face, natch!) and ask, “THE Alex Rodriguez?” But really, now he’s probably just going to say, “And…?”

Posted by Ben

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