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A-Rod: Genius or idiot

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 10, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When Alex Rodriguez tried to steal third base in the seventh inning, it really was an all-or-nothing play.

Steal the base and all Xavier Nady needs is a fly ball to get the Yankees the lead. Get thrown out and a rally is snuffed.

He was thrown out. The Yankees argued with Bill Welke to no avail.

A-Rod: “I’m always looking to make something happen. They have such a great bullpen. You can’t sit around and wait for things happen. … I was safe. Bill (expletive) up.”

Girardi: “I believe he was safe, so I don’t have a problem. Alex is a very smart base-runner, he knows exactly what he’s doing. He just didn’t run recklessly, he studied the pitcher. I turned him loose.”

A-Rod is a very smart runner. Yesterday was only the second time he has been caught in 18 tries this season. But here’s the thing: Nady came to the plate with 20 hits and 13 RBI in his previous 45 at-bats including a home run against Jose Arredondo on Aug. 3.

Nady also was up 2-0 on the count. A-Rod is going to score on a single.

Let’s say he stole the base. Arredondo was behind 3-0 at that point. The Angels almost certainly would have walked Nady and pulled the infield in to face Robinson Cano.

It’s a good “do you or don’t you” debate.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, they’ve been on the losing end of all these questions lately.




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