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Sports Psychology: The Stage Is Now Set For Alex Rodriguez

Posted by: Dr. Granat on August 13, 2007

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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