Anybody who has watched a Yankees postseason game can see the change in Alex Rodriguez this year. He has ridiculously low playoff numbers for signing one of the biggest contracts in history. Things have changed. A-Rod looks like somebody trying to win the Mr. October title.
At this point in the Yankees playoff run, Rodriguez has 8 hits and 4 home runs. He had the same amount of home runs in their 5 previous postseason series. When A-Rod starts heating up, so does the rest of the team. His success seems to have energized the entire lineup. They are all playing good baseball at the most important point in the season.
This is exactly what I was talking about in my previous post, "Off the hook?" Every article you read about Alex Rodriguez is about the amazing series he had in the first round or the energy he brings to the clubhouse. Has he been forgiven that easily?
It would be difficult to argue otherwise. He successfully avoided some of the short term consequences of using performance enhancing drugs. By putting up huge numbers and helping his team win, fans across the nation have softened when it comes to A-Rod talk.
I'm watching SportsCenter right now and they are talking about how he looks like he's taking batting practice! It's possible that I need to get over it and accept his talent, but this seems crazy. He still cheated the game. What he did was wrong, and many have forgotten about his suspension earlier in the season. I knew Alex Rodriguez would eventually regain his throne, I just did not think it would be this soon.