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May 10, 2006

A-Rod Against The Sox

The recent A-Rod vs. the Red Sox debate drove me to the Day by Day Database at Baseball Musings to check the numbers. This is what I found - in terms of A-Rod vs. the Sox, as a Yankee and not, by location:

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So, in fact, as a member of the Yankees, A-Rod has batted very well against the Red Sox - at Yankee Stadium. (It's at Fenway Park where Rodriguez' bat turns into a wet rolled up newspaper.)

And, A-Rod's failures at Fenway are not a "Yankees choke" thing. Note that, as a member of the Mariners and Rangers, from 1999 through 2003, Alex struggled at Fenway as well.

There's something about the Green Monster in Boston that takes A-Rod's game away from him. But, that's a park factor.

Clearly, based on the stats from 1999 through last night, Alex Rodriguez has proven that he can hit Red Sox pitching. He did it as a Ranger and he's doing it as a Yankee.

This certainly corrects my recent impressions on A-Rod against the Sox.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at May 10, 2006 11:43 AM

Comments

It isn't just the hitting people notice it is his whole game against the Bosox. How many errors now?

He needs 'Mentalball' by Dr. Richard Crowley.

So does RJ.

Posted by: Don [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 10, 2006 01:56 PM

BTW...... Listening to Mike Francessa kill Melky Cabrera and Chris Russo defend Melky. Mike needs to lighten up. Russo even said Cabrera is a real good looking hitter.

Mike is agitating for Bernie(!) in RF part time. Mike is apparently the last one, along with Torre & Cashman, to notice that Bernie is done.

Posted by: Don [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 10, 2006 02:11 PM

Schilling is dead on -- NY's full of hacks in the sports "journalism" arena. Mike Francessa proves the point beautifully.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 10, 2006 02:19 PM

95% of all journalists are hacks. NY just has more of them.

Posted by: hopbitters [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 10, 2006 02:32 PM

I wouldn't exactly call Mike Francesa a journalist.

Posted by: Jen [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 10, 2006 04:20 PM

RJ mentioned the book MENTALBALL: Beat Your Invisible Opponent at Its Own Game that I wrote with forewords by Pirates' Steve Blass and Diamondbacks' Shawn Green. If offers a refreshing approach for any ball player to end his struggles or slumps rather quickly. MENTALBALL includes some 50 personal players' stories of meeting their demons and conquering them at the plate, behind the plate on the mound and in the field. Richard

Posted by: Richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 11, 2006 01:38 PM