So while Joel is true to his opening salvo and doesn’t mention any of those three things, you can almost imagine him at his laptop, poop-eating grin on his face, as he banged out these backhanded compliments (emphasis mine):
He is happy, healthy and currently not under indictment. Oh, sorry, we digress.
That includes mentally. The Rodriguez who rejoined the Yankees early last May was more team- and win-oriented, less obsessed with his personal quests, less a slave to his ego and insecurity.
At 34, he is more prepared than ever to deal with the distractions sure to be the subject of future columns.
Oh please stop it, will ya? We all know you’ll be at the front of the line to bury ARod if he screws up or this Galea thing blows up, Joel. Even ahead of me. Except I’ll do it with disappointment, not glee.