Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Overhyping A-Schmuck

First it was his trash-talking to Curt Schilling. (Just go to the NBA, A-Schmuck). Then there was a piece on on A-Rod's intense off-season regimen, which also mentioned how A-Rod was disappointed with last year and was pumped for a huge year. Basically, there's lots of hype surrounding A-Rod as we enter this season.

It reminds of a few years back, when everyone made a big deal because Derek Jeter showed up to spring training more muscular than ever. Everyone thought, "wow, he's been good, but he'll be amazing this year!" And he proceeding to put up the same numbers he put up every year -- over .300, some power, but nothing eye-popping.

A-Schmuck would do well to keep his mouth shut and let his bat do the talking this year. He's not in hitter-friendly Texas anymore. Let's see if he can hold up to the bigger ballpark, the bigger crowds, and the bigger expectations. And his performance this year will tell us a lot more than anything he can.


Anonymous said...

All I have to say is you wouldn't be saying this if the Red Sox would have gotten A-Rod last year instead of the Yankees. A-Rod is the best player to come along in baseball in almost 50 years.

The Yankee Despiser said...

Well, let him play like it!