Alex Rodriguez continues to dig himself into a deeper hole every time he opens his mouth. He has wondered why his relationship with Derek Jeter isn’t as tight as he always hoped it would be. With this recent “quad injury” fiasco on top of a rumored lifetime ban from Major League Baseball, if A-Rod ever wants to play for the Yankees or perhaps the MLB ever again, he should take notes on Jeter’s behavior right now.
Derek Jeter returned to the lineup Saturday, his first eligible game after being placed on the 15-day DL. He waited patiently despite how much it hurts him to be out of the lineup for this long, especially with his team struggling. Jeter didn’t know if he’d be on the lineup come Saturday; the Captain is simply following instructions regardless of how he feels.
“Whatever they tell me, I think I can play today. I do what I’m told,” Jeter said during Thursday’s win against the Rangers. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jeter sits back and smiles when he thinks about A-Rod complaining about a conspiracy between the Yankees and MLB.
When someone finds out their boss is mad at them, knowing they will get chewed out later on in the day, they’ll sit back and be quiet until they get what’s coming to them.
Alex has much bigger problems to worry about besides getting in the lineup this past week. He should be thinking of how he is going to make sure he can get another start in the majors ever again. He should do his rehab, keep quiet and do what the Yankees tell him to do. Alex should have never sought another opinion in New Jersey Orthopedist, Michael Gross about his M.R.I. Why fail to follow protocol from his team if he wants to play so bad? How will that help your chances in improving the tensions between him and Yankees management?
If he thinks the Yankees are plotting to keep him from ever playing in pinstripes again, I don’t blame him. If you can save yourself more embaressment from the biggest cheater in baseball and maybe save millions of dollars, it’s all business.
But maybe Alex would be playing this weekend in New York if he listened to the Yankees medical staff and followed the rules of the CBA. Alex shouldn’t have brought up the injury to the Yankees if he wanted to play that bad. If it doesn’t hurt now, it couldn’t have been that bad last week. Now, his rehab will continue until August, leaving a big bat out of the lineup for another week.
And all the while, the player he has envied his whole career, Jeter who is suffering from the same injury, stays patient. Of course, there are no suspensions coming Jeter’s way or problems with Yankees staff but after all these years and all the time spent around Jeter you would think Alex has learned. I think his mind is in the right place, to get back on the field, probably the most comfortable place he can be right now with all the allegations around him. However, he needs to see that he can’t force is way into the lineup, he needs to stay patient.