A-Rod whiffing in first Series opportunity
Yankees are in big trouble unless Rodriguez can recover from his 0-for-8, six-K start
NEW YORK -- A-Rod to K-Rod? That will be the knee-jerk reaction to Alex Rodriguez's World Series plunge into Oh-fer Land. And for once, the knee has a point.Scalding hot in the two previous rounds of this postseason, Rodriguez is now colder than those $10 draft beers they're selling at the Yankee Stadium concession stands. His numbers are boo-grade material: Eight at-bats. Zero hits. Six strikeouts.
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“"It's two games," Hairston said of A-Rod's struggles. "It really is. The next two games, he could go 8-for-10. That's how good he is." Right now, we've seen how bad he is. It is a familiar theme, a theme Rodriguez tried to distance himself from as he stepped in front of his locker after the game. I asked him about his Game 1 and 2 difficulties. He ignored the question. "Just a great win overall," he said. "Just a great win. Great team effort. Guys swing the bats in front of me and behind me. Story of the day is A.J. Burnett." Burnett might have been the story of Thursday night, but Rodriguez's inability to get a hit -- a squibber through the hole, a bloop, a seeing-eye something anything -- is fast becoming the story of this Series. Not only is a world championship at stake here but also a personal legacy. "Everything right now is magnified," A-Rod said. He was talking about Teixeira and the importance of that fourth-inning home run. But with each lost at-bat, Rodriguez's failures receive greater inspection. Hit, or else. It's that simple.
It's two games. It really is. The next two games, he could go 8-for-10. That's how good he is.” -- Yankees teammate Jerry Hairston Jr., about A-Rod
Gene Wojciechowski is the senior national columnist for ESPN.com. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hear Gene's podcasts and ESPN Radio appearances by clicking here.
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