Today, Alex Rodriguez announced that Friday nights game against the Rays will be his last. It's truly a sad day for any baseball fan regardless if you hate or love A-Rod. Anytime a superstar player of your generation retires its always going to take a minute to sink in, but this time is different, A-Rod has been around since the mid 90's, 20+ years and now we will most likely never see him standing in the box with a helmet and bat again. One of the greatest sluggers of all time, one of the most controversial sports icons of all time, and one of the most legendary superstars of all time, these are just a few statements that help sum up the greatness that is Alex Rodriguez. He helped reinvent the shortstop position mixing unruly power and speed, becoming one of the most dominant players the sport has ever seen. Sure you'll have the haters that will bring up the steroid conversation, fuck those people. The steroid era was the steroid era, everyone was juicing, of all those people juicing no one shined quite like A-Rod, so take that dumbass argument else where because its not wanted here. As a Yankee fan I look at this as perfect a time to rejoice and remember the great career A-Rod had and not focus on the typical, should we induct him into Hall of Fame or not because hes linked to steroids, discussion. That's a conversation for five years from now. Today lets focus on how A-Rod has given us some of the most classic Yankees v. Red Sox rivalry moments of all time and how he went on a historic postseason tear in 2009 and brought a 27th championship to the Yankee franchise. Here's some Pictures to help rekindle those old burning flames of the A-Rod glory days.
Thank you for the memories A-Rod, through the good, the bad, and the ugly you'll always be a Yankee legend.
P.S. For Friday nights game (A-Rods last game) I'm calling a 4 for 4 night all four hits being home runs as he walks off on his 700th. The fix is in boys.