When Alex Rodriguez was at the infamous all-star game, which I’m sure you remember fondly, he made a speech. You may have heard of it. And you may have heard the line he said that has since become a meme.
Last night, during tension-filled Game 5 of the World Series, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was loudly booed, and his teammates looked visibly upset. Meanwhile, the radio broadcast of the game described Cano’s play as “an MVP performance”, something that only his opponents acknowledged by giving him a standing ovation.
The AL MVP is the league’s best player. For many, their main concern is how many runs they’ve scored or how many hits they’ve had. But for others, their main objective is to make sure their player keeps getting the accolades and awards. The most recent MVP award was given to Alex Rodriguez and it was very much deserved.
No matter what city he played in, New York Yankees legend Alex Rodriguez heard how much the fans loved and appreciated him. And by loved and cherished, we mean hated and despised. But if you were one of the baseball fans who booed Rodriguez when he got on base or hit a ball when the bases were loaded, he wants you to know how much he appreciates you.
Alex Rodriguez is proud to be booed by the opposition’s fans
Former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has been booed on the field during his career. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images Alex Rodriguez is a rich man, and he can be pretty sadistic. In a 2018 interview with Cigar Aficionado, Rodriguez explained why he was glad fans booed him. People across the country – not to mention fans of the Toronto Blue Jays in Canada – have made it clear all baseball season how much they dislike the three-time AL MVP. So why did Rodriguez enjoy the boos and screams? There is no greater compliment than to be booed by 50,000 people in the street. It was a form of respect. There’s nothing worse than being booed at home by 56,000 people. And those who say they can’t hear it, they’re… They hear it, and it’s not very pleasant. Alex Rodriguez At least Rodriguez was talking about the boos at home, because he can speak from experience like no other.
The crowd at Yankee Stadium was not for Rodriguez
. New York Yankees fans were once a passionate bunch, especially at the old stadium. If they saw something they didn’t like, even if it involved their best players, they made their displeasure known. From the time he was traded to the Yankees in 2004 until his last at bat in August 2016, Rodriguez heard boos at Yankee Stadium. Yankees fans expected the third baseman, an All-Star and 696 home runs in his career, to always hit the ball out of the park or at least bring in a runner. Needless to say, those fans were not happy when he struck out or popped up in the ninth inning of an evenly matched game with the bases loaded. Rodriguez received mixed reviews from the home crowd later in his career as he aged and served a 162-game suspension for steroid use. But when Rodriguez retired midway through the 2016 season, he did so to the cheers of the Yankee Stadium crowd. All’s well that ends well, right?
Rodriguez remained a controversial figure after his retirement
Alex Rodriguez does here what he has always done: He says what he thinks people want to hear. And he’s wary when he goes to present Sunday Night Baseball. – Mike Lupica (@MikeLupica) March 4, 2020 Rodriguez is happily retired and recently completed a deal to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx basketball teams. Still, the three-time AL MVP remains a controversial and divisive figure. Baseball fans have criticized ESPN and Fox for allowing Rodriguez, who has admitted to using steroids, to work as a color commentator and studio analyst at baseball games. Rodriguez will be on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2021. It will be interesting to see how many voters want to put him on the ballot and how many will decide to ignore him because of his steroid use. And if Rodriguez is ever inducted into the Hall of Fame, he’ll probably be booed by the public. It will become more obvious when one of the booed fans wears a Yankees cap. Like Sportscasting on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @sportscasting19 . COMPARED TO: Alex Rodriguez coached a busted Ryan Lochte, but did it really help?
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