The New York Yankees spent over 200 million on their payroll this year and while it may have bought them a division title, it also bought them an early exit in the 2011 MLB Playoffs at the hands of the Detroit Tigers.
Just over 30 million of that payroll went to Alex Rodriguez who is still on contract with the Yankees for another 6 years and due to make over 140 million during that period. Yankees fans may find that hard to stomach considering A-Rod’s forgettable performance in the 2011 ALDS. A-Rod went just 2-18 (.111 BA) and worse yet, with the game and season on the line in Game 5, A-Rod struck out twice, once with the bases loaded and again in the bottom of the ninth to end the game and the Yankees hopes of another World Series.
The final image of A-Rod whiffing at a fastball and Jose Valverde moon-walking off the mound will certainly haunt the fans in the Bronx.
Naturally, the boo-birds were in full effect in the Bronx for A-Rod and that will likely carry over until next year, something that A-Rod should be used to. Aside from in 2009 when A-Rod batted .365 with 5 doubles, 6 home runs and 18 RBI’s en-route to Yankees World Series championship, A-Rod has been non-existent in the month of October.
The only super-talented athlete that currently catches as much criticism and hate as Alex Rodriguez is LeBron James, ironically, James is also a Yankees fan. It hasn’t been a good year for A-Rod, A-Fraud, A-Hole or whatever Yankees fans want to call him. He suffered through injuries and of course, there was that whole poker scandal thing…
Fans don’t care that A-Rod missed most of the season with injury and only had just over 60 at-bats heading into the post-season, they only care that he’s arguably the most overpaid baseball player in the game and once again, he failed to live up to his tremendous price tag.
At 36 years old, you have to wonder how much A-Rod has left in the tank. For the boo-birds in New York sick of his act, too bad, you have him for six more years!