A-Rod putting himself above the game
Alex Rodriguez couldn't be at the World Series to receive an award from Hank Aaron -- a family commitment was the stated reason -- but he managed to upstage Game 4, with the help of agent Scott Boras, who announced in the early innings that his client is opting out of his contract.
The way this played out could not have been more apropos, because A-Rod needs to be bigger than the game; he needs to be more important than the Red Sox or the Rockies or any other team, or any other player. He is one of the greatest players in history at compiling statistics, the greatest ever at compiling wealth, and his next employer will have to buy into that. The World Series can't matter as much as A-Rod.
Early line on A-Rod
- Angels: Owner Arte Moreno said in the past that devoting a huge share of his payroll to one player -- and with A-Rod, it would be about 25 percent -- is bad business. Maybe he will change his mind.
- Tigers: A big-time sleeper in this, perhaps. Owner Mike Ilitch is loaded, the team has a longstanding relationship with Scott Boras (who represents Magglio Ordonez, Pudge Rodriguez, Kenny Rogers and No. 1 pick Rick Porcello), and the team has demonstrated the willingness to ignore the salary suggestions of the commissioner's office. And it just so happens that Detroit is looking for a shortstop.
- Giants: No other team understands better than San Francisco what it means to build around a prolific home run hitter. A-Rod would put rear ends in the seats of the Giants' park, especially as he draws closer to Barry Bonds's home run record.