Of course he does. Donald Trump issued his demand on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, though it wasn't known whether he already had seen Joe Girardi's lineup for ALDS Game 3. Yes, Alex Rodriguez is staying put in the No. 3 spot against the Baltimore Orioles, no matter how many media outlets or rich folk clamor for a change
Regardless, The Donald let his opinion be known as only The Donald can:
A-Rod must be dropped in the Yankees line-up tonight if they want to win. He simply can't perform without drugs.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2012
It would be kind of a funny tweet if anybody said it, much less Trump, but I don't think he was joking. He has attacked Rodriguez in a similar way before.
A-Rod has presumably been passing his drug tests (otherwise he would have been popped by MLB), but his production in 2012 — .272/.354/.430 with 18 homers in 463 at-bats — isn't really ideal for the prized No. 3 spot in the order, either. Rodriguez is 1 for 9 (a single) with a walk, run scored and five strikeouts in two ALDS games against the Orioles. So he's had two uneventful games as the two teams split the first two games in Baltimore.
But scurrilous accusations aside, maybe Trump has a point. The only problem is that A-Rod is not the only Yankees player off to a slow start against the O's.
Curtis Granderson is 1 for 7. Nick Swisher is 1 for 6 (though he also has two walks and an RBI). Russell Martin has a home run, but it's his only hit. This isn't just A-Rod. Needless to say, Girardi isn't going to wilt from the pressure to "DO SOMETHING!":
"I think that we're going to do whatever it takes to win this three-game series," Girardi said Tuesday when asked specifically about moving A-Rod. "Nothing that we do will be something that is just a knee-jerk reaction. You know, we talk about different things, and whether it's a pitching change or pitching situations. We know, the great thing about this is I have a great group of guys that's very unselfish, and they really want to win. And that's what we're going to do, what we think is best to win."
Girardi can't drop everyone in the order, nor should be. That's the problem with a best-of-five series. By the time you get around to making desperate moves, it's usually too late for them to have a desired effect. Let's see what happens in Game 3.
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