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SHADOW GAMES: An Easy Target

Alex Rodriguez has always been an easy target.

He had a can’t-miss sign on his back as a teenager. Strike one.

He is now labeled as the best player in the game. Strike two.

He is paid like the best player in game. Strike three.

Last week Rodriguez announced that he’s going to play for the Dominican Republic in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and it seemed like the whole world took a shot at him.

Back in 2006 he debated playing for the Dominican Republic where his parents are from and he spent part of his childhood or the United States where he was born. He chose the United States and some people in the Dominican felt slighted. Most people in the United States feel slighted no matter what he does.

Rodriguez brings some of the controversy on himself. He tends to be too open and honest and allows the media to pick apart who he knows and where he goes and what he wears and how much he cares.

Rodriguez doesn’t have many flaws as a player, but he certainly has some as a public figure.

I have flaws, too. I make mistakes and haul around plenty of emotional baggage. My friends and neighbors also have flaws. We all live in old buildings and ride crowded trains and some made the mistake of being born poor the same way Rodriguez was 33 years ago just across the Harlem River in Washington Heights. Maybe that’s why everyone around here pulls for the guy when it seems like the rest of the world wants to shoot him down.

I suppose we could be out of touch or it might just be that people in this neighborhood understand what it’s like to be an easy target.

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1 Raf   ~  Dec 9, 2008 10:36 am

I think he should play Maino's "Hi Hater" before every AB...

2 jkay   ~  Dec 9, 2008 10:41 am

He likes to be the center of attention.



December 6, 2008 --

Alex Rodriguez driving around Miami in a Mercedes SUV with a license plate reading, "ALEX RODRIGUEZ"

3 rbj   ~  Dec 9, 2008 10:42 am

I've got no problem with him playing for the D.R. if he meets the qualifications. Mo, on the other hand, I want saved for the regular season (not that he's playing I believe).

4 rbj   ~  Dec 9, 2008 10:43 am

[2] I think there are a few too many letters in "Alex Rodriguez" to fit on a license plate.

5 Joe L.   ~  Dec 9, 2008 11:29 am

I don’t think the NY Post “gossip column” is a great “news source.”

6 NYYanksFan   ~  Dec 9, 2008 2:54 pm

He owns a Mercedes dealership so it's probably his plate holder and not license plate because 7 characters is the limit on a personalized plate.

When it comes to Alex, more people need to appreciate more and hate less. All the stuff outside the lines is white noise that too many people get caught up in.

7 OldYanksFan   ~  Dec 9, 2008 3:32 pm

"He tends to be too open and honest "
Certainly, one of the greatest personality dysfunctions a human can have.

And what happened to his 'Not Jeter' plate?

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