Is Alex Rodriguez the next Yankees Captain?
Posted by Rich Stowe on May 6, 2011
I read this article on ESPN by Wallace Matthews this morning and I just had to laugh.
Yes, Alex Rodriguez will probably be a member of the New York Yankees for years after Derek Jeter retires (or god forbid, is on another team). However, there’s no way Rodriguez becomes the next Yankee captain.
If you look through the history of the New York Yankees captains, you’ll see one thing that stands out about the players selected (for the most part): they played the game the way it was supposed to be played, their integrity was never in question and they basically epitomized the dignity and grace expected of a player for the New York Yankees.
It doesn’t matter to me, that as Wallace Matthews pointed out in his article, that the one day Jeter was out of the lineup and not talking to the media, Rodriguez stepped up and acted the part, providing advice to Eduardo Nunez or answering the media’s question. He was simply doing what any veteran would do.
It takes much more to be the Yankees captain than just talking to the media or giving young players advice. It takes playing the game with a certain level of dignity, class and leadership.