By now, you know that I’m not the president of ARod’s fan club. That doesn’t mean I look for ways to bash him or summarily toss him under the bus (though some of you might actually think that). So when I read this today by Tracy Ringolsby (a well respected, long-time writer in Denver), I had to step back and figure out whether I wanted to laugh or simply yell. (h/t to HBT)
And that wasn’t the first time A-Rod put his own needs ahead of an organization. Tom Hicks, the man who is attempting to sell the Texas Rangers, was able to cover the Rangers’ share of Rodriguez’s 10-year, $242 million deal signed before the 2001 season, despite Hicks’ bankruptcy problems.
It’s the working stiffs with the Rangers, the ones who had their future caught up in a Hicks-created retirement plan, who are left with nothing to show for their efforts.
So it’s all ARod’s fault that Hicks overpaid by some $100 million, thereby accelerating his own financial woes and, by proxy, the problems in paying his staff? Yeah, right. That’s a good one.
You can blame ARod for many things, many dumb things, but to hang Hicks’ inability to pay his staff on him is flat out wrong. Continue reading Another misplaced anti-ARod screed