Alex Rodriguez Doesn’t Strike Out Completely in ALCS

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bill-swift - October 18, 2012

Plainly put, the New York Yankees can't hit and ultimately it will probably cost them a chance to go to their 41st World Series, and now down 0-3 in the ALCS, it's not looking very likely. Name the high-priced talent and chances are he's either fractured an ankle or had a hard time hitting the broad side of a barn.

No one's troubles have been publicized more than that of third baseman Alex Rodriguez. He was shifted down in the batting order and eventually benched in the ALDS in hopes that might spark him for the ALCS. It did--in a way; just not the way that the Yankees wanted.

His struggles drew the ire of million real estate mogul and reality star Donald Trump. The Donald called on A-rod to donate his salary to charity since he--in the Donald's opinion--hadn't earned it. He also tweeted:

"He doesn't make the (at)yankees any money and he doesn't perform. He is a $30M/yr rip off."

Then again, it's not like Trump has been known for his baseball prowess. If anything, if you buy into this tweet maybe he runs a real-life 666 Park Avenue:

"Derek Jeter had a great career until 3 days ago when he sold his apartment at Trump World Tower. I told him not to sell- karma?"

Manager Joe Girardi put A-rod back in the line-up for Game 1 where he promptly went 0-3 with one strikeout bringing his total to 10 Ks in 19 postseason at-bats. He didn't have much luck at the plate in Game 2 either although he did actually get a hit (1-4, two strikeouts).However, when he got pulled in the 8th inning the $30 million man was able to focus on his target, took a swing, and knocked it out of the park.

I'm talking about a babe of course.

I guess A-rod figured since he keeps striking out at home plate there is no reason he should strike out at home. Apparently when he returned to the dugout a pair of lovely young ladies in the stands caught his eye and he began to flirt. This excerpt from the New York Post described the scene well:

Instead of rooting on his teammates as they struggled to stay alive during the tense game at Yankee Stadium, A-Rod, 37, had a ball boy toss the young women a baseball inscribed with a message asking for their numbers [which he got at least one] … Fans sitting behind the dugout at Saturday's game said they were disgusted after witnessing A-Rod's shenanigans, which were more befitting a sixth-grader than a serious ballplayer.

Cheer up Yankees fans. At least we now know he can hit something!

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