A-Rod looking like A-Monster
Yankees slugger now a rampaging force, laying waste to Angels in ALCS
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There was a time, way back in the second week of October, when Alex Rodriguez was a charming character, a heartwarming story.He had bounced back. Slayed his dragons. Faced his demons. Thrown the postseason monkey off his back.
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“Ryan Howard has dominated the proceedings in the National League playoffs, racking up RBIs in a record eight consecutive postseason games. Rodriguez, with his home run in Game 4, has equaled that mark (stretching back to the last game of the Yankees' 2007 playoff appearance), joining Howard and Lou Gehrig in the books. His third straight postseason game with a home run ties him with Bernie Williams and puts him within one HR of Gehrig and Reggie Jackson, each of whom went deep in four consecutive postseason games. We're no longer talking about failures of the past. We're talking about history, about keeping company with the all-time greats. Rodriguez played it close to the vest Tuesday, no doubt not wanting to jinx the run he's on. "It feels good to swing the bat well," he said. "Had some good pitches today. [I'm] being patient." But this has to be an incredibly gratifying flip of the script for him. In 24 previous postseason games with the Yankees, he had only four home runs and nine RBI. In seven games this year he's already surpassed those numbers. "You feel like you want to see the ball and hit it hard and not try to do too much," Rodriguez explained during his postgame press conference Tuesday. "You feel like the game is slowing down for you a little bit." "It's wonderful to see," Reggie Jackson said after Game 4. "I'm diggin' it. It's like watching a star in a movie. We all knew he had it in him. And when you see it come out like this, there's a real joy in it." Joy for the Yankees. Joy (on the inside) for Rodriguez. But joy was part of the feel-good A-Rod story. This thing we're looking at now? This is A-Rod on a rampage. This is a monster movie. And the Angels are hiding their eyes. Eric Neel is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.
It's wonderful to see. I'm diggin it. It's like watching a star in a movie. We all knew he had it in him. And when you see it come out like this, there's a real joy in it.” -- Reggie Jackson about A-Rod
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