With ARod having served his suspension in 2014, no one really knew what to expect when he returned. For the most part, we just wanted him to keep his head down, his nose clean, and maybe drive in some runs.
I'll say it, ARod has been phenomenal. Even if you are adamantly against the guy, you cannot deny his contribution to the line-up this season. Even Hal has noticed! "All I know is he's been great. Been great in the clubhouse, he's been good with the young kids, and he's performed," Hal praised him during a MLB owner's meeting (HERE). Which is all anyone really asked for.
The time during ARod's suspension and this off season was really touchy between the Yankees owners and the suspended slugger. Casey even wrote "FOR ALEX RODRIGUEZ, PAYBACK IS A BITCH" after the signing of Chase Headley, emphasizing on the fact that the organization was over the drama and ARod. So this admission from Hal that ARod is in fact a welcomed productive member of the team is... pleasant?
I don't want to read too much into it, I suppose. When it comes to ARod, even when he is good, he's bad. At least for some people. But he is producing for us this season. Hitting 10 home runs, with a .248 batting average, he's proved himself a valuable member of the team.
The whole thing is honestly a welcomed changed. It's nice to see the fans at the stadium cheering for him for a change. Though I know that tide can turn quickly, for now, it's enjoyable. Look, he's made some bad choices, and I will never rationalize them. He messed up. But bad choices doesn't mean he is a bad person. Maybe... MAYBE there can be real forgiveness for him?
Or maybe we'll cheer so long as he keeps up the hits and runs. Something tells me it's the latter.