We are now two games into the ALDS, and what seems to be a now annual event, talks surface of how A Rod chokes in the postseason. With his performance so far in Cleveland, you can expect anything short of a six home run, 25 RBI game will get A-Rod's pants booed off when the team goes back to play game three in the Bronx. What Yankees fans don't understand is that they wouldn't be in the playoffs today if it wasn't for A-Rod's superhuman season at the plate.
They are going to be throwing boos at the same guy who led the league in Slugging percentage, Home Runs, OPS, runs, RBI's, total bases, times on base, OPS+, and runs created. He led the league in most major offensive stats, and is the undisputable MVP for 2007. So why would the Yankee faithful find it necessary to boo a guy who goes a short stretch of the year without performing very well?
A Rod looks pretty happy here. Fans are cheering because he just carried his team to a win with a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth. Thats the problem with Yankees fans, they will love you when your at your best and throw you out of town when you can't manage to win every game by yourself.
My point is, players don't perform well 100% of the time. If they did, what would the fun of baseball be? A-Rod might not perform well in the postseason, but he hasn't even had time to get comfortable batting in October. Over the last three years he has only had 15, 14, and 6 at bats per postseason, respectively. If he had 45 or 50 at bats and still didn't perform well, that would be explainable, but he doesn't, you can't give a player 10 at bats and expect him to hit 12 home runs.
When A-Rod steps into bat against the Indians, Yankees fans should stand up and cheer louder than they ever have. They need to, he is the best baseball player of this generation, and if you make him feel unwelcome, he will walk this offseason and go to a team that would love his production in the middle of their lineup over the next eight years. This is the best baseball player you've ever been given the privilege to watch, please, act like it.
Yeah right, the guy who could be unanimous MVP is a choke artist, get a grip.