Daily Archives: February 2, 2013

Hop Aboard the A-Rod Coaster

Rodriguez in 2008 (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Rodriguez in 2008 (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

If a roller coaster was created with the same sharp rises, abrupt plunges, and spine-bending curves of Alex Rodriguez’ Yankee career, its G-Forces would kill anyone foolish enough to ride it.  Here are some of the rises and falls of A-Rod’s nine seasons in pinstripes. [Rises in bold]

  • Feb. 15, 2004 | Traded to NY from the Rangers.  He chooses #13.  No one finds this ominous.
  • July 24, 2004 | Brawls with Jason Varitek at Fenway
  • Oct. 9, 2004 | Finishes ALDS with .421 BA
  • Oct. 19, 2004 | Swats the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove in Game 6 of the ALCS
  • Apr. 26, 2005 | 3 HR and 10 RBIs vs. the Angels
  • Nov. 14, 2005Wins 2nd AL MVP, 1st with the Yanks
  • May 30, 2007 | Shouts while passing a Toronto 3B, causing him to drop a pop up
  • Aug. 4, 2007 | 500th HR
  • Oct. 8, 2007 | Dating back to Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS he is 0 for 29 with RISP in the postseason.
  • Oct. 28, 2007 | Opts out of his contract.
  • Nov. 19, 2007 | Wins his 3rd AL MVP, 2nd with the Yanks.
  • Feb. 9, 2009 | Admits to using steroids from 2001-2003
  • May 8, 2009 | Returns after missing first month of the season, hitting a 3-run HR on 1st pitch.
  • Aug. 7, 2009 | Walkoff 15th inning HR vs. Red Sox
  • Oct. 9, 2009 | Ties Game 2 of the ALDS with a 2-run HR in the 9th inning
  • Oct. 17, 2009 | Ties Game 2 of the ALCS with a 2-run HR in the 11th inning
  • Oct. 31, 2009 | HR off a camera in RF in Game 3 of the World Series
  • Nov. 4, 2009 | Wins World Series, finishing postseason with 18 RBIs
  • Aug. 4, 2010 | Hits 600th HR
  • Sept. 29, 2010 | Record 13th straight season with 30 HR/100 RBI
  • Oct. 22, 2010 | Finishes ALCS with .190 BA
  • July 11, 2011 | Undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Aug. 4, 2011 | ESPN reports he participated in illegal, underground poker games
  • Oct. 6, 2011 | Finishes ALDS with .111 BA
  • June 12, 2012Hits record-tying 23rd grand slam
  • July 24, 2012 | Breaks hand on HBP
  • Oct. 13, 2012 | Reportedly hits on female fans during Game 1 of the ALCS
  • Oct. 18, 2012 | Finishes 3 for 25 in the postseason
  • Jan. 16, 2013 | Has surgery on his left hip
  • Jan. 29, 2013 | Linked to PEDs again through his connection to a Florida clinic
  • Jan. 30, 2013 | The Yanks look into voiding his contract

It’s anyone’s best guess what tomorrow will hold.

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