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Tony's Top 5 reasons for Alex’ Rodriguez newfound October success

Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff  October 21, 2009 07:05 PM

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Tony's Top 5

Reasons for Alex’ Rodriguez newfound October success

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The law of averages. Look, he’s been a good player for a long time. He was bound to start hitting in the playoffs sooner or later.
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We emphasized the negative. Through Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS, Rodriguez had a .372 average and 1.059 OPS in 22 career postseason games. Look it up.
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Kate Hudson.Ever hear the saying, "Behind every successful man stands a strong woman?" Maybe it’s true.
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Mark Teixeira.The Yankees have a newer, highly-paid player to pick on. And don’t look now, but he was batting .133 through Game 4.
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Inner peace. Earlier this season, with the steroids scandal behind him, Rodriguez said he felt liberated. Maybe he’s growing up.

Tony's Top 5

Favorite blog entries

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The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
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For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
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Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
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Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
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You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".

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