Welcome back. So say both Major Baseball League (MBL) commissioner Rob Manfred and Yankee CEO Hal Steinbrenner. Manfred, the A-Rod Slayer, said about Alex Rodriguez: "baseball ought to welcome him back ... He's played well. Good for him."
Implicit in Manfred's statement, whether intentional or not, is that individual vigilante acts like that of the coward Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster are not appropriate. In 2013 Red Sox fans applauded Dempster for making multiple attempts to hit A-Rod with fastballs and finally drilling, not plunking, him. Then in 2014 those same Red Sox fans warmly and hypocritically greeted the farcical return of their most public user of performance enhancing drugs (PED), Manny Ramirez.
Hal Steinbrenner was asked about A-Rod yesterday on the Micheal Kay ESPN radio program. Steinbrenner said that he was impressed with A-Rod's quality of play, including opposite field power. Let bygones be bygones. Let's not dwell on the past. No mention of the Yankees suing A-Rod to void a separate contract that would pay Rodriguez $6 million for each player he passes in home runs, starting with the man just ahead of A-Rod, Willie Mays. The Yankees claim that Rodriguez made the contract worthless by his being suspended for using PED.
See my previous post for more on the Steinbrenner interview:
Hal Steinbrenner turns down $6 billion for the Yankees. Thursday, March 26, 2015