As you might have heard, former Ranger Alex Rodriguez has been having a tough couple of weeks. He’s been so bad in the postseason--.130 with no RBIs-- that he has been benched more than once by the team, the most recent instance of this coming on Tuesday night, when the Yankees took on the Tigers in Game Three of the ALCS (the Yankees would lose this game 2-1 and are no down 3 games to none in the series).
This would’ve been unthinkable when Rodriguez was with Texas, and things have now gotten so bad that A-Rod is looking to old friends for advice. One of these old friends, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, was more than happy to oblige.
"I just say to him, 'You're Alex Rodriguez. You're A-Rod. You're one of the best to ever do it,'" Bryant said, per ESPN Los Angeles. "I think sometimes he kind of forgets that and wants to try to do the right thing all the time. Which is the right team attitude to have. But other times you really have to put your head down and say, 'Hell with it' and just do your thing.
"Hopefully the next game they'll kind of give him a chance, maybe put him back at third and let him respond to the pressure, which I think he'll do."
Maybe, but it might be too late. A-Rod hasn’t been the only Yankee struggling at the plate in the ALCS, and down 3-0 to a hungry, well-staffed Tigers squad, the veteran third baseman may soon have an entire offseason to figure out the cause of his recent struggles.