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October 02, 2007

What A Difference A Year Makes

September 20, 2006: Just prior to the 2006 ALDS, SI.com/Magazine comes up with a long feature by Tom Verducci, entitled "Behind A-Rod's tumultuous season" - that said:

"Despite his extraordinary numbers, New York fans are quick to discount his contributions. And when things go wrong for A-Rod, even his teammates find him hard to motivate and harder to understand."

October 2, 2007: Just prior to the 2007 ALDS, ESPN.com/Magazine/E-Ticket comes up with a long feature by Howard Bryant, entitled "King of Gotham?" - that says:

"In his season of odd vindication -- odd that it had to come to this, because in his four-year Yankees career, Rodriguez has averaged .302 with 43 homers, 127 RBIs and 122 runs scored, has collected one American League Most Valuable Player Award and will surely win another this year -- the increased affection toward him, many Yankees watchers say, suggests a genuine recognition of his perseverance and toughness, qualities New Yorkers historically respect and many did not believe Rodriguez possessed. The cheering is perhaps a make-up call for all they have done to him, the endless cycle of blame and absolution that seemed to very nearly break him. The current cacophony of praise appears to be something of a mad dash to the polls, a final plea asking him -- if he has already decided to leave -- to change his mind."

Back on July 26th of last year, I wrote:

If Alex Rodriguez would create runs this season, on a per game basis, at the rate near where he was from 1998 through 2005, he would be not be booed in New York.

I should have added: "And, the media will look to praise him instead of digging his grave too."

Posted by Steve Lombardi at October 2, 2007 10:28 PM


Just goes to show how much fans take their cues from the local dailies.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2007 10:47 AM

Or, is it the other way around?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2007 10:51 AM

Or, is it the other way around?
I doubt it; if that were the case, there'd be more intelligent baseball discussion. :)

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2007 02:16 PM