The New York Yankees are a mess.
What happened in the 2012 ALCS was an absolute embarrassment for the most storied franchise in Major League Baseball. This, the same organization that has proven time and time again: Money can buy championships.
If ever there were an organization that tried to lose a high profile championship series…well, it was the 1919 Chicago White Sox. But coming in a close second: The 2012 New York Yankees.
The Alex Rodriguez drama turned into a side-show, which rapidly became a full-blown circus. The fact that Rodriguez was benched and saw no action, when his replacement struggled to put wood on leather? Nothing more than a big, fat, “You’re outta here, buddy,” to A-Rod. A move that undoubtedly started with the Steinbrenners, was relayed through Brian Cashman and ended reluctantly with Joe Girardi.
This was nothing less than sheer, baseball ineptitude. An absolute insult to Yankees fans and baseball fans alike.
A-Rod should have stormed into his skipper’s office once the line-up was posted for Games 3 and 4 and said, “You get my butt on the field. I don’t care how bad I’m struggling, I don’t care that I can’t hit squat coming from a righty–you’re playing me!”
However, why would he ruffle any feathers when his contract stipulates 5 more years and 114 million more dollars? It is likely that some lucky team will be paid to take A-Rod off the Yankees hands. Until then, let the speculation swirl.