If nothing else A-Rod certainly got Boston's attention during Game 4 of the World Series. So enough with the posturing already, is A-Rod going to become a Boston Red Sox or what? In a city that has seemingly gotten over the choker label as far as its baseball team is concerned, do they really even want to entertain bringing in a guy who embodies what they used to be? A guy who wanted all of the riches and yet wound up all alone with nothing in the end?
For the Red Sox this could ultimately be a Randy Moss type deal where he enhances an already successful franchise like the Patriots or it could be as fatal as when the Yankees after the 2001 World Series chose to let Tino Martinez go and brought in Jason Giambi.
Perhaps Red Sox management views this as what they really wanted all along since the Fall of 2003. And maybe, just maybe they see it as this century's "Babe Ruth deal" in reverse. It does make sense considering where the Red Sox are coming from financially over the next few seasons. In fact the Red Sox higher-ups could be viewing this as a coup, grabbing the sport's best player away from their bitter rival to the already stacked defending World Champions.
There are many reasons for Red Sox Nation to both love and hate this potential signing of A-Rod. For one thing, you really can't get around to love or hate A-Rod because he is such a talent but does bring along quite the hefty baggage. With the Yankees essentially telling him to take a hike, he may very well return serve and join the BoSox without giving a single care to his "Yankee legacy."
From a fantasy perspective however, one can't help but gush at what A-Rod would do in a batting order between Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz. You're easily talking around 155 HR's just between those three. Just think about this if you will, A-Rod did as a Yankee what no other right handed hitter including Joe DiMaggio could not, hit over 50 HR's. Now just imagine what A-Rod would do that Joe D. almost did but could not, play all of his home games at Fenway Park with the Green Monster.
Oddly enough everything may come full circle for A-Rod, much like it did for Roger Clemens. A sure fire Hall of Fame player who'd accomplished virtually everything as an individual in his career and cemented his legacy by joining a team he also once spurned, that was already good enough to win two championships without him while he piggybacked onto two more.
Both A-Rod and Clemens know how to make the headlines and the big bucks. They've both done the "Texas two-step." While Clemens won a Cy Young and recorded his 300th win in New York, perhaps A-Rod picks up another MVP and his 800th HR in Boston. Either way both players will have had that golden midas touch all the way to Cooperstown.