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Reasons for Alex’ Rodriguez newfound October success
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.
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.
Kate Hudson.Ever hear the saying, "Behind every successful man stands a strong woman?" Maybe it’s true.
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.
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
Best offseason moves in recent Red Sox history
Signing Johnny Damon From 2002-05, Damon averaged 149 games, 16 home runs, 115 runs and 25 steals. His OPS was .803. Rock solid.
Trading for Curt Schilling The piece that put the Red Sox over the top in 2004. Most guys go to New York to win titles. Schilling came here.
Signing David Ortiz In 10 years, he's hit more homers than anybody but Albert Pujols, Adam Dunn or Alex Rodriguez. Jackpot.
Signing Manny Ramirez Find another $100 million free agent contract that lived up to this one. Anywhere. He was worth it.
Trading for Pedro Martinez Since he came in November 1997, only the Braves and Yankees have won more games.
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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