The Stage Is Set For Alex Rodriguez

       In case you haven’t noticed, The New York Yankees have been on fire


and been playing some fantastic baseball for the past seven weeks.  The team


is hitting well and pitching well.  The Bronx Bombers are now loaded with


some great young arms and some live young bats.  In addition, they now


have a deep roster with a good mix of veterans and young players.  The


Yankee management has provided Joe Torre with lots of different options


and the team is now equipped with a great bench.


       Even if a player or  two goes down with an injury, it seems that the Yankees


are now rich enough with talent to weather the loss and fill the vacancy without


losing much offense or defense at most of the positions.


        In my view, this is the best and healthiest club that A-Rod has ever been


a part of.  I believe that the Yankees will make that playoffs and I think they


have enough momentum and confidence to challenge their rivals from Bean


Town.  This was not the case at the start of the season, as the Red Sox looked


to be a much better team on paper than did the Yankees.


         Alex Rodriguez has proven that he is an outstanding hitter and fielder.


He has put up some incredible offensive statistics and he is on track to surpass


Barry Bonds as the home run king. 

         He has also been an excellent third baseman since arriving in

New York


and has made all the routine plays and a ton of fantastic plays at third base.


At times, he has looked like Brooks Robinson at the hot corner.


        There is no question that he will make it to the


Hall Of Fame on the first


ballot and he will be looked upon as one of the all-time great players-even if


he stopped playing now.


         Earlier in the year, I wrote a column about how he might leave

New York


if the Yankees and he do poorly in the playoffs.  It appears that he is really enjoying


his teammates and the Big Apple now and I think it may make sense for him to


stay here given the kind of talent that is surrounding him now. 


        If he really wants some championship rings, he ought to remain as member of


the Yankees.  To me, they look like they have the kind of nucleus of players that will


allow them to create a baseball dynasty for the next three or four years. 


        Stick around A-Rod.  You will win some championships here and if you


are patient you could break the home run record in a beautiful new ball park.


The fans seem to be loving you and that adoration will grow exponentially  if you stay in


New York. 


        If you don’t win it all this year, it looks like multiple championships are


just around the corner.  Being part of a baseball dynasty and breaking some


of the games most revered records ought to be enough motivation to remain


in The Bronx for the rest of your career.


Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist in River Edge, NJ. He frequently writes

on sports and sport psychology.  He is the Founder of






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