Posnanski on A-Rod: A must read

This morning NBC Sports published a piece by Joe Posnanski in which he chronicles the rise and fall of Alex Rodriguez.

I know what you’re probably thinking, you’re assuming it’s another piece that goes out of its way to trash Rodriguez and I understand why you would feel that way. Bashing Alex Rodriguez is a rite of passage these days but you’d be wrong about this piece. Posnanski does bring up all of the bad stuff but you have to in order to write a complete piece about Alex Rodriguez. For better or for worse, it’s all part of his story.

Posnanski goes back to the days when Rodriguez was a 17-year-old phenom being scouted. He talks to the scouts and GM’s who watched him all those years ago. He compares Rodriguez’s beginning to Rodriguez’s present as an injured, older player looking to work his way back after yet another hip surgery. I won’t reveal too much about the piece because I think you should read it for yourselves, draw your own conclusions and come up with your own opinions on it but I thought it was really good.

And I’ll admit, I was worried that it would be the same old Rodriguez fluff but it wasn’t.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

5 thoughts on “Posnanski on A-Rod: A must read

  1. David

    Posssibly the best line in the whole thing: “I don’t mean to cast aspersions on Alex Rodriguez,” Phillips told reporters, while casting aspersions.

  2. OldYanksFan

    Damn! Fame and fortune have doomed many talented people. I wonder how much Boras inflated ARod's ego, even beyond ARod's great talent. You wonder what would have happened if he had justed stayed with Seattle.

    It's a great story with a sad ending. I have never disliked ARod. I think he's really just a kid who loved playing baseball. He's said a lot of dumb things and done a lot of dumb things, but hey… haven't we all? Poor dude just couldn't handle the bright lights.

  3. James Dogg

    Great read thanks for the tip. Seems Arod had adult level baseball talent at an early age and it also seems he never emotionally matured beyond the age where his baseball talent was first recognized as exceptional. Sad.

  4. brian

    It's a great STORY but it's still largely based on a lie:

    Even at 17, Arod was juicing… but I have little doubt that he was the best high school prospect in America either way, and i don't dispute the stuff about him being more agreeable back then…

  5. JeterFan98

    I'm a NY Yankee fan and I don't hate Alex. Mistakes? He's made a few. Lets drop the Arod thing, call him Alex, and start over.

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