Sunday, November 30, 2014


We all know that person…and if we don’t chances are we are that person. They just seem to bring drama along with them like a toothbrush on an overnight stay. It isn’t always their fault, some of these folks don’t intend to be trouble, and they just automatically find it. They can often seem like a weight on our shoulders. What do we do? How can we make sure these negative forces of nature don’t take us down with them? The answer is simple, but can be tough to execute…we need to cut them from our team if you will.

I have always admired ARods natural ability to play the game of baseball. He takes to the diamond like a fish to water. He is an outstanding, gifted athlete…even before the PEDs. The only thing Alex seems to excel at more then sport is bringing problems with him wherever he goes.

Al, like Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra, was a fresh-faced shortstop ready to set the world on fire. He was good looking, insanely talented and had the Seattle fans buzzing with talk of October baseball…and then…Alex opened his mouth.

Jeter and Rodriguez were close friends and then during an interview in GQ magazine ARod ran his buddy DJ down. Why? What compelled him to do that? Jealousy? Maybe. Was it stupidity? You bet. But it was more than that. Alex Rodriguez is just a toxic person. He can’t help it. It’s in his DNA. Al doesn’t see anyone but Al when he looks around. He is the ultimate “Me” player. Yes, he helps younger teammates and roots for his guys, but you can see it’s to bolster his own image…it’s sad really.

Even when ARod has tried to change his ways he slips back into the old routine like a warm bath. He can’t be someone he is not…namely Derek Jeter.

We are stuck with him, ladies and gents. That’s all there is to it. We are not innocent either. We loved that he crushed dingers and won MVPs…face it, we did. Now that he is making Ty Cobb look like a good guy we shout to the rafters that we NEVER wanted number 13 (fittingly a bad luck number).

I want to like the guy. I want to see him go out on a good note. Maybe he learns from his mistakes…finally. But I don’t see it. He is toxic. He doesn’t know he is the problem. He needs to have that drama draped around his shoulders to feel complete. He is at home with the Dark Side of the Force. There is no coming back for this guy and it’s tragic. He could have been and should have been talked about a one of the greatest to ever play this game…instead; he will be a cautionary tale that parents tell their kids. Talent is a great foundation, but you need to build on it in a positive way to make it pay off.

The Yankees need to wish him well and turn the page in this story. And if Alex was a good person he’d take the money he’s made and walk away…but he won’t.

 Alex is toxic.

** Alex is truly that unwelcomed family member now…he is toxic. He is bad company. And it’s time that he moves out.**

 --Mike O'Hara
Senior "Features" Writer
Twitter: @mikeyoh21

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