1. Shorter Jeff Benedict: A-Rod used performance-enhancing drugs. Aaron Hernandez probably killed a guy. Both are equally good examples of why athletes shouldn’t be role models.
2. Harvey Araton:
The same Yankees who made the snap, dubious judgment that Rodriguez was a better bet to deliver runs after major hip surgery and nine months absent from the major leagues than Alfonso Soriano, who had 18 homers and 55 runs batted in.
First, how this judgment should be inferred from Soriano batting second and A-Rod batting fourth is unclear. Second, the idea that the Yankees “rushed” A-Rod back is preposterous. Third, it’s pretty obvious why Girardi immediately put Rodriguez back into the lineup. The other options consist of a)David Adams, hitting an empty .194; b)Brent Lillibridge, hitting an empty .119 with 35 career games at 3B; c)Jason Nix, a career empty .218 hitter; and d)Eduardo Nunez, who is not a major league player and is also needed to play shortstop badly. I dunno, I’m beginning to see why Girardi thinks A-Rod just might be the best option he has.