The A-Rod week-long retirement tour already hasn’t been the happy-happy-joy-joy type of event you might have expected. Sunday’s announcement seemed nice enough — with A-Rod crying and the Yankees promising him an advisory gig and a chance to leave with some dignity.
Ever since then, things have been existing in one level of drama or another. It would have been silly to expect anything else. This is A-Rod we’re talking about.
So far, A-Rod has complained about playing time and said he thinks he can still play. While Yankees manager Joe Girardi has said he’s not in farewell-tour business. A-Rod wanted to play third base in Friday’s game. The Yankees said no.
It’s enough for me to theorize: None of this will be enough for A-Rod. There’s nothing that says A-Rod has to retire come Saturday. He’s just being released by the Yankees. So he’s free to sign anywhere he wants, as soon as Monday.
While that probably won’t happen, here’s what I’m thinking will: A-Rod is going to become baseball’s version of Brett Favre. He’ll tease with the idea of playing again. The will-he-or-won’t-he game will drag on until we’re sick and tired of hearing about A-Rod.
I explore this idea in this week’s installment of my Open Mike series and implore A-Rod to learn a less from Favre and save us all the agony.
While A-Rod might feel has something to gain by proving the Yankees wrong or reaching 700 homers, he has even more to lose by holding on to something that is so obviously over. Let it go, A-Rod.
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