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I was actually thinking about writing something about Alex Rodriguez, and then I noticed an article by Josh Bousquet in Friday's edition of the Worcester (Mass.) "Telegram and Gazette." Here is the link. http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070518/NEWS/705180644&SearchID=73281572021661 He speaks of A-Rod's first 18 games, where he batted .400 with 14 home runs and 34 RBIs. As of this published article, Rodriguez has since played in 20 games with one homer and five RBI. His average dropped 89 points in this time as well. (Edit. A-Rod went 2 for 4 today with a homer and RBI. He is currently batting .314 with 16 homers and 40 RBI.) Now the brunt of the article is saying that A-Rod will put up great numbers like he does every year. He also notes that in fantasy sports it's a "what have you done for me lately" lifestyle. He says now would be the time to get him again (if he's available) and that the beginning of May would have been a good time to drop him. But I don't play fantasy sports at all, so I'm just concerned with the real life A-Rod. I agree with Bousquet in the fact that Rodriguez will finish the year just fine. He'll probably hit .325 with 45 round trips and 125 RBI. He just won't hit .380 with 120 homers and 300 RBI like people thought he could honestly do. So my point is that it's quite possible that A-Rod's torrid start may have actually been a bad thing. People thought he'd break every single season record, after only watching him play 18 games. And now that his stats are starting to level out, I'm thinking that the boo birds could actually start hitting him at Yankee Stadium if he continues to "struggle." Frankly, it doesn't bother me, since I'm a huge Red Sox fan, but I'm just sayin'. I almost feel that he needs to overachieve to be well-respected. So just expect an A-Rod year that you see each year. I just want to see what happens around July when the Yankees heat up (presuming they do) and try to catch the Sox in the standings. Will A-Rod just be "average", or will he help contribute greatly? Only time will tell. What do you guys think?

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