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Ego And Vanity: Only Reasons A-Rod Is Appealing

Thats if you believe Bob Klapisch, of course. He takes a look at A-Rods return to the Yankees and despite noting that the Yankees are awful and A-Rod is actually looking like he is capable of helping the team he casts a cynical eye on Rodriguezs presence on the Yankees. And its not even a money thing. Klapisch even admits that anyone would play if there was money at stake so its hard to fault Rodriguez for that. But:

Given the inevitable humiliation that awaits, A-Rod is using the last two months of the season to build up equity with the fans. Only a fool would believe thats possible that home runs in meaningless games will clear the stench of years of PEDs use. But thats how Rodriguez rolls, swaddled by ego, a tone-deaf vanity and his PR staff that never let Rodriguez forget he is larger than life. So A-Rod on about rescuing the Yankees, but he has to know thats beyond anyones grasp. Instead, its all about the stage his stage, just the way baseballs greatest narcissist likes it.

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