The A-Rod Watch
|Yankees work out the kinks at George Steinbrenner Field on Monday.|
I'm hanging around Steinbrenner Field waiting for the Alex Rodriguez Mea Culpa to unfold.
There's a big tent out back with a hundred chairs set up in a courtroom style. Outside in a parking compound are half a dozen satellite trucks with the talent (including TSN and SportsNet) setting themselves up on a grassy area to the left of the tent.
I'm sure that A-Rod will be there accompanied by his agent, Scott Boras, still the most hated agent in baseball. Maybe there's a method to that madness of A-Rod bringing Boras up with him. It's like standing next to the fat, goofy guy at the high school dance. Makes you look good by comparison.
I'm hoping that A-Rod does not just read a long prepared statement to open the proceedings. That would seem to lack some sincerity. But the whole circus-like atmosphere has exactly the same feel as last year's mea culpa by Andy Pettitte that I also attended. Feels a little like Groundhog Day (only in a 12-month cycle). I think the Pettitte thing worked out so well because Andy was so emotionally into his apology and, besides that, is a more likable guy than A-Rod.
The Yankees may have miscalculated on this one. This will not be as well received by assembled media even though it is a similar apology for a similar baseball misdeed.
I would be surprised if A-Rod makes any road trips away from the warm embrace of Steinbrenner Field and the Yankee fans for Grapefruit League games before St. Patrick's Day. This is a hate-on that will have legs. The onslught on A-Rod's character from leather-lunged fans across North America will begin on Opening Day in road parks around baseball. I'm not sure whether A-Rod is tough enough to not let it bother him. We'll find out.