Alex Rodriguez hasn’t made many friends in his 20-year MLB career, but he still has at least one supporter in the Big Apple.
The troubled New York Yankees third baseman — or perhaps designated hitter? — will be back in pinstripes this season after a year-long PED suspension, and the 39-year-old already has received plenty of criticism. But New York radio analyst and notorious Yankees homer Suzyn Waldman doesn’t believe it’s deserved.
“I find him impossible to dislike,” Waldman told The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman on Thursday. “I’m not defending him. I think what he did was stupid more than anything else. I know he’s lied. He’s made every wrong decision. He says things and does things and you just want to say, ‘Why?’ I also know you can’t go wrong for dumping on Alex. This is what it’s become. What’s he supposed to do?”
In a contradictory statement, Waldman added that A-Rod was never well-liked, even before steroid allegations began to arise. She said he’ll need to be at the top of his game if he wants to change that.
“The way this offense is (coming into spring training) they better hope he still can play,” Waldman told Raissman. “Look, it’s not my job to psychoanalyze Alex. What I do, and sometimes don’t, understand is the anger directed at him. This just didn’t start with the steroids. His persona, for many people, has never been likeable.”
While it’s understandable that a Yankees analyst would stand up for one of the team’s players, Waldman’s opinion actually is a minority in New York these days. Just this week, the New York Post declared that A-Rod doesn’t deserve sympathy and that the fans don’t think there’s reason to believe the slugger’s apology.
But this also is the same person who said a lot of people cheered for A-Rod while he was mercilessly booed during his 2013 season debut, so perhaps we should take this hot take with a grain of salt.
h/t Awful Announcing
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