A-Rod's fall from one time wunderkind to blog whipping boy may appear to be the result of his time in New York, his cheap play, inability to hit in the clutch and his dalliances with "she-male" strippers. While that is all true, it's actually been a much longer journey than that. It's just that now that he's been under the NY limelight for a couple of years that we've really gotten to see who he really is. But we did some rigorous research on his career, and by rigorous research I mean made most of this up, that shows his decline in the public eye was inevitable. Let's travel back in time, shall we.
1996-1997: Nothing remarkable.
1998: Injures Jeff Kent of the Giants with a late slide to break up a double play. A-Rod begins his descent into bush league style play.
1999: Shoots a man in Reno just to watch him die during a West Coast Road trip.
2000: Comes in third in the MVP voting to winner Jason Giambi. Spikes Giambi's victory champagne with steroids. Also puts voodoo hitting hex on runner-up Frank Thomas that he never recovers from.
2001: Threatens to blow up Arlington Stadium if team fails to offer him $252 million contract. This may have been the work of agent Scott Boras. Disses Jeter in Esquire, also leaves flaming bag of dog shit on his doorstep and rings doorbell.
2002: Beats up handicapped kid.
2003: Wins MVP, demands to be traded, then burns down orphanage before leaving Texas.
2004: Gets chippy with Varitek, has face smashed in. Enjoys the experience, starts cavorting with "she-male" strippers to relive the experience. The ensuing emasculation results in him trying to bitch slap the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove in the ALCS.
2005: Wins MVP, sucks in the playoffs, pushes old woman in front of moving bus.
2006: Has a bad year as fans get to him. Or do they? A-Rod actually concerned that "she-male" stripper girlfriend will beat him senseless every night for failure to perform in the sack.
2007: Takes cheap shot at Dustin Pedroia of Red Sox. Becomes public he cheats on wife. Pulls bush league move against Blue Jays.
[Bonus future inevitable PR decline!] Later in 2007: Takes fastball to the ear from Roy Halladay. Recovers by going to transsexual strip club.