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A-Rod's invisible and critics are quiet

Now that he has ring, slugger spared from barbs despite lack of ALCS production

Updated: October 22, 2010, 3:23 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Can you imagine what would be said, written and thought about Alex Rodriguez if this were a year ago, the New York Yankees were still in the midst of their nine-year title drought, they were facing elimination from the ALCS, and their cleanup hitter was batting just .176 with no home runs, one extra-base hit and two measly RBIs?

Same old A-Rod. October choker. Go away, Mr. May.

But it is not 2009 anymore, and happily for A-Rod, that season ended with ...

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