Posted Under: Sunday Reading
Alex Rodrgiuez is a lightning rod for criticism, no doubt. And while it often seems he can’t do anything right in his forays into public discourse, this poorly title piece from Bob Nightengale earlier this week gives a glimpse into Rodriguez that shows him to be much more likeable, dare I say respectable, that any other image granted by a newspaper.
Afterall, no one questioned when Mariano Rivera decided to return after a crazy knee injury last year. We all were grateful we would get to see him pitch one more time. Now, Alex Rodriguez- steroid controversy notwithstanding- wants the same thing. To show that he still has something left to offer the team. There won’t be any farewell tour for him, no matter when that day comes. He knows that. He just wants to go out having tried. Fair enough.
I think it also speaks to something that Derek Jeter has finally put his neck on the line a bit for Rodriguez, something that didn’t happen a few years ago when Rodriguez needed it. Read this piece and see if, mistakes and all, you don’t find him a little more likeable than you might have before.
In contrast to Alex Rodriguez could be Bryce Harper, who at times seems cockier than Rodriguez, until you see moments like the one shared in this Adam Kilgore piece about Harper’s time spent with a young boy dying of brain cancer. Harper not only gets the gravity of the situation, but he clearly goes beyond the minimum. And while that not really be surprising, it shows a compassion that you often don’t hear about in Harper.