Alex Rodriguez benched for Raul Ibanez, and the Yankees win

No matter what, Alex Rodriguez is always the Yankees' most interesting story

10/11/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

By now, you've probably heard about the Yankees' insane comeback win over the Orioles last night.

The real story about that game begins and ends with Raul Ibanez.

He came in to pinch hit in the 9th inning and hit a game-tying home run. His next at bat, leading off the bottom of the  12th, he hit a walk off home run to give the Yankees the lead.

Elias Sports Bureau reports that Ibanez was the first player ever to hit two tying/game-winning home runs in the 9th inning or later of a playoff game.

But still, what did the New York media focus on?

Blog Photo - Alex Rodriguez benched for Raul Ibanez, and the Yankees win
(courtesy of Jimmy Traina)

Yup, it's all about A-Rod.

No matter what happens with the Yankees, Alex Rodriguez will always be the $275M lightning rod.

He said and did all the right things last night, in a situation where some guys would get upset and lose their temper. He was the biggest cheerleader after both Ibanez home runs, even though it took the bat out of his own hands.

After the game, he had nothing but positive things to say about Ibanez, and manager Joe Girardi.

"I've said it a lot and I know that you guys don't want to hear it but I've matured a lot over the last few years. I don't think there was anybody in the ballpark more excited for Raul than me. ... Joe and I had a discussion. We preached all year it's about 25 guys. It's about whatever it takes to win. I said 'Joe you got to exactly what you got to do. I never questioned my manager. I love Joe and I'm one of the leaders on this team."

Still, no matter what he says or does, the NY media will always be on his back. Whether they're criticizing an occasional poor performance, or blatantly trolling him like they did this morning, he'll always be the biggest story on the back pages of the Daily News and the Post.

Is it fair? Probably not, but I guess that's what happens when you sign a $275M extension, right Alex?
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10/11/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

That is why the NY Post and NY Daily News are the NY Post and the NY Daily News and not the New York Times.