It speaks to the ego of a man that he would choose to announce such a decision on a Sunday night with Game 4 of the World Series going on.
Alex Rodriguez truly thinks he is bigger than the game. He is outstanding at compiling statistics and he has an unmatched work ethic. But it is for the greater glory of A-Rod, Inc.
Perhaps the Yankees are better off without such a player.
Short term, this is a disaster for the Yankees. You simply can’t replace that much production and they now have almost no right-handed power. With the new Stadium opening in 2009, the last thing the Yankees needed was to lose their best hitter.
But over the long term, this is an opportunity. The Yankees now have millions to spend on talent that they didn’t have yesterday.
The dynasty Yankees of 1996-2000 were not built around one player. Neither were the Red Sox of 2004 and 2007 or the Cardinals of 2006. It’s probably no coincidence the Yankees never went the World Series with A-Rod. At some point, they stopped being a team and became a collection of stars.
Now Cashman can build a team based on pitching and balanced team play. That seemed to work pretty well once before.