Despite his status as one of the greatest talents of our generation, Alex Rodriguez continuously finds himself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Sometimes it’s a to-do over his stratospheric salary. Occasionally it’s about his dalliances with the ladies. And of course we can’t forget the PEDs.
But if there has been one big knock on A-Rod the last couple years, it’s that he’s “bush-league.”
All competitors have things they do to get into the head of an opponent. But there are some things that are generally frowned on. You don’t purposely take out a guys knees because ending someone’s career is bad form. Unless you’re a professional wrestler, it’s generally considered poor sportsmanship to attack someone outside of the prescribed boundaries of the field of play. And baseball, being full of tradition and history, has many more unwritten rules.
For instance, you don’t yell at a guy when he’s preparing to catch a pop fly. Sure, you can do it and you might throw off his concentration so he drops it. But just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it.
Same thing goes with the pitcher’s mound. For a guy who’s out there all alone throwing 100 pitches a game, the mound is a sanctuary. And you don’t run across or through a guy’s sanctuary.
What am I trying to say? Well, let me take a step back and see if I can explain it a little better.
Have you seen the list? If you haven’t, your first step should be to take a look at it. And once you’ve read it and marveled at the unerring 3rd grade wisdom, you’ll realize that there’s one item missing from that list: #91 Bush-league b!tches. Welcome Mr. Rodriguez. Apparently you made the list after all.