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It’s amazing what two days off can do

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Jul 01, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex has pulled a Hulk Hogan in the last seven games. He was down and out, sprawled on the canvas with the referee about to count to three.

Then, suddenly, he was up and now the American League is about to get thrown around the ring before A-Rod drops the leg on them.

Joe Girardi said tonight that some hitters turn around quickly. But usually not this quickly. Alex was 1 for 27 after his first two at-bats against the Braves on June 24. He was down to .204 on the season and appeared dead in the water.

He is 10 for 21 since with four home runs and 13 RBI along with 10 walks. The Yankees have won seven straight and all is right in his world. He was even cracking jokes to the writers tonight.

Here is his postgame press conference:

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Two things are at play here, I think. Obviously those two days off in Miami helped. Plus A-Rod also has cut down on the extensive pre-game work he used to do. He estimated that he takes 75 percent fewer swings than he used to before games. It’s obvious just watching him in the field that he has more energy.

Plus he reached rock bottom. There was really nowhere to go but up and that probably freed his mind a little. Alex is a notorious over-thinker, but at some point you can’t really analyze going 1 for 27. You can just go out and do something about it.

Credit to him, he got up and did do something about it. Now the question is whether the Yankees will have the courage to sit him down sometime soon and whether the fans will know enough not to complain about it.




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