Like him or not, Alex Rodriguez was a once in a lifetime talent in his prime. Have you ever talked to your father or grandfather and he tells you stories about where he was when some of the most iconic moments in baseball history has happened.
You always think to yourself “man, I wish I could have seen guys like Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron or Jackie Robinson play.”
Maybe some of you fans actually have seen some of those guys play.
I did not.
I know greatness when I see it. A-Rod is/was a great player and one of the greatest talents that we have ever seen.
Yes, he made some mistakes and most of his naysayers point strictly to the PED use.
The admitted PED use. All that we know is that he was “using” during his three-year stint with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03′.
156 of his 696 career homers and two of his three career 50-HR seasons came during that span so it would be pretty impossible to overlook the steroid use.
I am not going to sit here and make an argument that he should make the Hall of Fame.
But he should make the Hall of Fame.
Rodriguez had a long 22-year career filled with ups and downs, 14 All-Star appearances, 3 American League MVPs, a World Series trophy, but also TONS of postseason failures.
His career will come to an end this Friday when he plays his final game, but he will serve as a “special advisor” to the New York Yankees. Whatever that means.
He has garnered a lot of haters and some non-friendly reactions from opposing crowds over the past few years but when he actually does retire and you look at his stats and highlights from throughout his career you will realize that he was undeniably must-watch television.
Actually, he still is. When he plays his final game this Friday vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, millions of people will watch it.
The bad news about 2016 is that we are losing so much great talent — A-Rod, Mark Teixeira, David Ortiz, and the news of Prince Fielder coming out today that his career is most likely over is also a bad thing for the game.
With guys like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera having retired in recent years, it seems that the Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry is moving on to a new generation.
Luckily for us, there is a boat loat of young talent on each team to keep that rivalry strong and it should not miss a beat.
The good news about these guys retiring is that it opens up the door for the next wave of talen coming through. We know that our game is filled with not just young players, but young stars.
Guys like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Jose Altuve, Josh Donaldson, Manny Machado, Buster Posey and Giancarlo Stanton are considered “veterans” in this day and age and youngsters like Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Gregory Polanco are apart of the next “superstar” generation.
Enjoy watching all of these young guys make amazing catches, hit long home runs, turn tremendous double plays and even enjoy watching them make mistakes. It is all a part of the process.
Personally I am not a fan of the designated hitter, so I was not always a fan of David Ortiz, but when the news of his retirement came out I started to really appreciate how good of a hitter he really is.
All I am saying is appreciate his talent because whether you love A-Rod or absolutely despise him, you cannot deny that he was one of the greatest players to ever put on a uniform. You will miss him when he is gone.
He will be gone in three days, so forgive him while you can.
– Khristian Peel