Last night, the writers who knew what Alex had said on WFAN were waiting to speak with him after the game. Another Yankee wandered over to me and asked what was going on.
I explained and the guy laughed. “Hey, if he wants to win the MVP and help us win the Series, more power to him,” he said. “He can do whatever he wants then.”
What a lot of the A-Rod Forever crowd doesn’t understand is that this has nothing to do with the Yankees or Jeter or Torre or the media. It has everything to do with Alex Rodriguez, Inc.
Given what the market was like last winter, what would a player like Alex be worth next winter? Starting the bidding at $33 million a year for seven years. But Alex wouldn’t want to make it look like he ran away from New York, because that would hurt his marketability. So now he drops it on your doorstep.
I tried to get along but they booed me. I tried to be honest about Jeter but they booed me. I had no choice.
Given that rest of the country pretty much hates New York, that will play well.
Alex the third baseman is a heck of a player, one of the top 10 ever when it’s all said and done. But Alex the businessman? That dude is Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan rolled into one. Mike and Mad Dog were 50,000 watts of exit strategy.
Alex can backtrack all he wants. He knew what he was saying, he knew how many people were listening and he knew it would blow up. Like that player said to me, if it plays out that way, he can do what he wants.
But it better play out that way. Because if Alex strikes out a lot again and can’t throw the ball to first again and goes 1-for-17 in the playoffs again, then he will have to stay and try again or admit defeat and move on.
Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal gets it.