How many times has this same exact issue been a topic of conversation in the playoffs for Yankee fans? Look at the facts- A Rod was on fire in 2009. He stayed in the middle of the lineup in 2009. Yankees won in 2009. A Rod blew in pretty much every other postseason. He stayed in the middle of the lineup pretty much every other post season. Yankees lost in every other postseason…. maybe it’s me, but the answer seems pretty simple.
If I have to hear Girardi talk about a manager’s responsibility to worry about emotions one more time, I’m gonna lose my shit. Fuck emotions. A good cry isn’t gonna get you to the ALCS. Putting a smile on the face of the biggest lineup clog in baseball history isn’t the key to late October baseball; it’s pitching and clutch hitting. A Rod isn’t taking the mound any time soon, so that leaves his potential contributions to work from the batter’s box- an area where as of late, he’s resembled a broken down aging superstar playing out the rest of his contract. And that’s exactly the problem. He’s not finishing up his Yankee tenure. He’s right in the fucking middle of it, owed another $100 billon. So now Joe has to worry about his feelings for the future and keeping him happy and all that pussy middle school guidance counselor bullshit, as opposed to slotting him 6th or 7th like he should. In reality, A Rod’s production right now leaves him best suited for ripping tickets at Gate 2 next to handicap homeless land. Just absolutely mind boggling that Joe is considering leaving him in the 3 hole for tonight’s game that could determine the entire season.