Sunday brought the news that appeared to show David Wright inviting Alex Rodriguez to join the Mets should A-Rod use his opt-out clause that kicks in at the end of the year. Bob Klapisch has more…
Can you imagine Alex Rodriguez in a Mets uniform in 2008? It’s notjust impossible, you say, it’s heresy. Or is it? The idea of A-Rod
crossing enemy lines has strong support from none other than David
Wright – who says he’d give up his position to make room for the Yankee
"Are you kidding me? As great a hitter as Alex is, I’d definitely do
it," Wright said. "Tell him to come over, tell him to do it."
A-Rod is certainly a great hitter–except in the playoffs. Consider:
–In 2004, A-Rod’s first year in pinstripes, he hit .286 with 36 HR and 106 RBI in the regular season. In the infamous playoffs than year, he was 16-50, but only had 8 RBI and 3 HR.
–In 2005, the year the Yankees were ousted in the first round by the Angels, A-Rod was .321 with 48 HR and 130 RBI. His numbers in the Yanks’ short-lived playoff appearance in ’05: 2-15, 0 HR and 0 RBI.
–2006 was the same story. A-Rod was .290, with 35 HR and 121 RBI in the regular season. In the playoffs (when the Yankees were knocked out by Detroit, eventual AL champs): 1-14, 0 HR, 0 RBI.
Wright may be pining to have a player of A-Rod’s magnitude but he and Mets fans must realize what also comes in the package–a player that has not been able to effectively handle the pressure under an owner who sees a season without a World Series as failure and fans who have been so used to success over the years that they are split over whether or not one of their all-time greatest managers should be fired after his team (with the highest payroll in the league) failed in the playoffs once again. The once-close relationship between him and Derek Jeter has cooled as well, possibly signaling that it maybe time to go.
As the article said, A-Rod was "stunned" at Wright’s proposition, so I feel that if he was enjoying his time with the Yankees (which I don’t think he is), he would have immediately shot down any proposition of him going to the other side of town. A-Rod may see the Mets as a chance to keep playing in his hometown while getting away from the overbearing Steinbrenner and the critical Yankees fans, and at the same time joining a team with a more patient owner in Fred Wilpon. Wilpon is more concerned about building from within but has not been afraid to open the wallet when he feels he absolutely needs to. Who knows? Maybe the change of scenery will help A-Rod become better in the postseason…
All A-Rod has done is put more fuel on a fire that is beginning to grow slowly but surely, and it will be interesting to see what happens. I’d like to know your opinion on this story as well, so leave a comment and tell me what you think. Would you accept A-Rod in a Mets uniform? Should Wilpon and Minaya go after him if he decides he wants out of the Bronx?