Men’s Vogue has a paint-by-numbers story on Alex Rodriguez. He’s talented! He’s insecure! He doesn’t get along with Jeter! He hates Boras! There are also some nice photographs of Alex on a yacht.
I’m not sure that anybody has written the definitive story on A-Rod and I’m not sure anybody ever will. Richard Ben Cramer is working on a book and I suspect that will be revealing. Perhaps he is the one who will crack the case.
As great a player as Alex is, and he may he one of the best two or three ever, he never lets anybody inside. In some ways, I can’t blame him. He has been getting bad press for years now.
But look at kids like Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. Joba invited the world to meet his dad last season and the environment he came from, warts and all. Phil talks back to the fans via his blog and wants you to get to know him.
People respect Alex. They love Joba and Phil. There’s a difference. You don’t know Jeter but most everybody thinks he’s a good guy. Shouldn’t Alex have that?
In 2022 or so, Alex will get into the Hall of Fame. Will 10,000 people load up the RVs and pack the kids into the car to drive up to Cooperstown to cheer him? Or will they say “Yep, damn good player” and flip the channel?
It’s probably too late now as Alex has his routine down to a science. He hits his home runs, gives his stock answers then plugs in the earphones and walks away. Still, I hope that changes. Baseball fans should want to really like the best player most of them will ever see.