How do you get Stacey excited on a Sunday morning? By announcing that Alex Rodriguez will be working for Fox during their pregame and post game coverage for the remainder of the playoffs. The Daily News's Bob Raismann had the news first, as far as I know.
Alex Rodriguez is going to the World Series.
The controversial Yankee will join Fox Sports' postseason baseball studio team, according to MLB sources. The announcement is expected to be made sometime Sunday.
Rodriguez will likely make his debut in Fox's baseball studio during the ALCS Game 3 (Royals-Blue Jays) pregame show Monday. He will continue behind the Fox microphone through the World Series, which means he will be offering comprehensive analysis of the Mets should they make it to the Fall Classic.
I suggested this as soon as the Yankees were beaten by Houston in the Wild Card game. A-Rod loves to talk baseball and reporters have always noted how good he is at breaking down the game so it seems like he'd be a natural fit to work the postseason, right?
Plus, it's FOX and they love controversial figures. Look at Pete Rose.
Here's more from Raismann's article:
"If there was craziness with Alex this season this (his hiring by Fox) would not have happened," one MLB source, with knowledge of the situation, said. "But there was not a lot of 'noise' around him, which helped him from a TV standpoint."
This is definitely a scenario that seemed impossible just a year ago. But after his comeback season, Rodriguez has been welcomed back into baseball circles with open arms and now, he'll be on your TVs for the rest of the playoffs.
Good luck, Alex!