I am convinced that Alex Rodriguez will never play in the Bronx again.

At least, I pray that this is the case.

As a lifelong Yankees fan, my relationship with Alex Rodriguez over the years has been an emotional rollercoaster ride. A few years ago, I actually did a debate here on FanVsFan where I defended Alex, saying that people shouldn’t be so hard on him, that he has changed, that he really isn’t a bad guy. Sure, maybe he wasn’t the best role model at all times during his life, but there are plenty of worse people in the sports world than Alex Rodriguez.

…Or so I naively thought.

The truth is, Alex Rodriguez has been involved in so many things that make him worthy of our mutual animosity as Yankees fans.

After the 2012 postseason, which was the most frustrating series of games I had ever forced myself to sit through, I thought there was no possible way for A-Rod to return. Granted, the majority of the Yankee offense was abysmal in that postseason, but his .120 avg,  frequent replacements and benchings just showed that the management lacked confidence in the used-to-be-star slugger. I thought it was odd that his need for surgery crept up once the season ended. Was he really that valuable to the club that they had to wait until after the season to address those health issues? Judging by the way he was utilized (or not utilized) in that postseason, I’d say no.

My now A-Rod-loathing self pondered this, and came to the conclusion that by doing the surgery  in the middle of the offseason on January 16, the Yankees were trying to prolong his absence and prevent his unworthy face from being present in their beautiful ballpark. When I learned that A-Rod was rehabbing on the field in early May, I was upset. I came into the 2013 season with no expectations, and I admit that this past offseason was stressful for me, because I was unsure of the direction the team was going and where the management’s vision would take these Yankees. To my pleasant surprise, this Yankees team has been phenomenal, and one of the most fun to watch I’ve seen in awhile. Guys like Kevin Youkilis and David Adams have a lot to prove in New York, and they’ve lived up to the hype by playing with a heart and intensity that I have not seen matched by Mr. Rodriguez at the hot corner.

When I heard A-Rod was making progress, I was unhappy because I didn’t want the Yankees to do that same old thing where when the big name big money guy returns, they pluck the hard-nosed lesser-known guys from the lineup and stick the stinky overpaid guy in their place. I understand why they do it, but I don’t like it. The last thing I wanted was for this exciting, heart-filled team to have their momentum and chemistry damaged by an albatross named A-Rod. Frankly, I’m just completely done with him. I don’t want him to come back to this team filled with cute rookies and hard-nosed guys, or any team. He’s nothing but a waste and a load of unwanted negative attention.

Today when I heard rumblings of a possible Alex Rodriguez suspension due to his link with that infamous biogenesis clinic in Miami, I did do a little dance for joy. If it happens, it will be 100 games. I thought the Yankees were quietly trying to rid themselves of Rodriguez’s nonsense this offseason. If they didn’t break their chains free from him yet, I think this just about seals the deal.

I am convinced that Alex Rodriguez will never play in the Bronx again.

Now, I’m a good American who believes in justice. Innocent until proven guilty, right? That stuff about reasonable doubt? Should I really demean and positively accuse Rodriguez of such dishonest actions?

Really I’ve just had enough of him. So yeah. And maybe if I didn’t hear that he might have actually bought and attempted to destroy all those biogenesis documents that allegedly have his name plastered all over next to bad things, then maybe I’d be more apt to advocate for his innocence. But the way I see it, A-Rod has a proven track record. His name has been floating around bad things for awhile. I can’t help but to believe he’s guilty of using here.

Even if he didn’t do it and doesn’t get suspended, I don’t think he will ever contribute anything of value to the Yankees on the field again. Physically I don’t think he’s capable of it (he’ll just keep breaking down), and the fans don’t want him. His numbers wouldn’t be worth nearly what he is getting paid, and heck – they’re not worth what David Adams is getting paid either. More importantly, Alex Rodriguez HIMSELF is not worthy of being on this team.

I think the Yankees see that. Hal Steinbrenner is “disappointed” in Rodriguez. Aren’t we all. I think it’s time to rid ourselves of this burden. Let’s move on. I’m sure there are hundreds of technicalities that I do not understand, but I know for sure there is a way to be done with Alex Rodriguez.

I’m betting, hoping, PRAYING that the Yankees find it, and make it happen.

by Virginia Califano