Via Chad Jennings, here’s what Joe Girardi said about Alex Rodriguez this afternoon.
[Drawing by Larry Roibal]
joe girardi on alex rodriguez
Why would anyone expect Girardi to say anything "interesting" at this point? He probably hasn't even finished analyzing the data from the playoffs, never mind the entire season. Alex probably should understand that they're lowering the bar for him and start focusing on getting on base, not hitting home runs all the time like he used to.
I sometimes wonder what kind of player he'd really be if he didn't have such a gross, idiotic contract; would he still be playing like or even considered a superstar or would he have been retired by now?
 He just played his 36 year old season. Can you think of any guys who are super-duper stars who retired when they are 36?
 Kirby Puckett and Lou Gehrig come to mind...
But Alex has been in the majors since age 18; eighteen years in the majors for an everyday player takes a huge toll on anyone regardless. I say that  in regards to how much pressure is placed on him, including what he did in response to that pressure for at least three acknowledged years. Maybe he would have done that regardless, but we'll never know, thanks in part to one incredibly stupid owner.
My point is that there's little reason to pile on Alex when he's not the cause of the Yanks being swept by Detroit any more than he was the cause of them edging out Baltimore. More than a few guys did not play up to their contract or their abilities and I actually am curious as to why.
 Special exceptions.
 Yeah, at times in the ALCS it looked like he was trying to hit a 5 run homerun, with no one one. Be a contact hitter and the dingers will come.
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