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June 1, 2007 at 2:40 PM

Should A-Rod come here?

Given the implosion of the New York Yankees and the opt-out part of Alex Rodriguez’s contract coming up at season’s end, I’ve been inundated in recent weeks with queries about whether the Mariners should pursue him. My first take was, why not? Shed Adrian Beltre’s contract and A-Rod wouldn’t be costing that much more money to play an excellent third base and become the team’s go-to hitter. But after this week, when A-Rod partied it up in my former home base of Toronto, I got to asking myself serious questions about his character.
I mean, who takes a woman to the Brass Rail anyway? I lived in Toronto nine years and never had to resort to that. When my girlfriend, Amy, came over from Seattle to visit, I took her to Jamie Kennedy’s wine bar, Opus, Sotto Sotto, all types of romantic spots. We even had brunch at the Four Seasons, A-Rod’s preferred non-team hotel. Brunch was overrated but the hotel is decent. But the Brass Rail? You’re kidding me. Surely, A-Rod’s friend deserved better. Oh wait, what’s that? She’s a stripper (private dancer to you PC types)? Oh, well, that explains it. My bad.
Seriously, though, is this the guy the M’s want to be the face of their team? What a bush-league thing to do to the Blue Jays. Yelling when there’s a pop fly? I think I did that once back in the Laval Little League when I was five (we had younger ages for Little League in Canada back then). I thought we were going to see Jays manager John Gibbons get into it with a player for the third time in 10 months.
Now, let’s be clear. The Mariners haven’t said they are going after A-Rod. This is merely to answer the speculation that’s bound to build as the months progress. My thoughts on him right now. The Mariners need winners. That pop-up hecking thing? Third time in three years something like that’s happened. There was the ball-slapping incident in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS, the takeout slide on Dustin Pedroia two weeks ago, and now this pop-up thing. Is that what a winner does? Well then, why isn’t A-Rod’s team winning anything?
What’s that? He helped the Mariners win in 1999 (maybe not) and 2000? Seems to me they won in 2001 as well — without him.
Not sure he’s worth the headache. What do you think?

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