Alex Rodriguez has started 1,256 games as a shortstop. He’s started 399 at third base. So, to review, almost a quarter of his total starts have been at third.
Which is why I think it’s pretty lame (see headline) that after going 0-for-4 last night at the plate, making three (!!!) errors, and injuring himself in the 5th by fouling a ball off his toe, A-Rod gave the following excuse:
“Third base is a position that I’ve got to keep working at. I never had that feeling at shortstop.
“I’m still learning. I’m trying my best.”
Now, I know that people gave A-Rod a lot of props for agreeing to move to third base when he went to the Yankees. But to my mind, this whole I’m-still-learning schtick was passe a couple hundred games ago. C’mon, dude. You’re the highest-paid baseball player ever. Strap on a set. Repeat after me: “I’m just trying to help the ballclub. Just gotta take it one game at a time and the good Lord willing, everything will work out.”
Gah! But what else, really, should a Sox fan expect from this man: