Rodriguez keeps his
iPod headphones on before games while the media has access to the clubhouse,
avoiding comment. Where once he tried to be expansive and clever after games,
now his postgame responses are cordial but clipped.
" A-Rod is like
Picasso," Boras says. "He's like a great artist or performer. When the
level of your performance is so great, whatever you do to present yourself to
society is never going to match the same level of your performance. So what you
say in explaining yourself and your performance will be held against you by
others. So you realize that what represents you the best is simply the beauty
of your performance. Leave it at that."
In his suite Boras
watched on the big-screen TV as Rodriguez, already with two home runs and a
double on Friday, fell short in the ninth this time around, lining out softly
to second base off Boston reliever Hideki Okajima. (Similarly, Rodriguez would
end a Boston series sweep on Sunday by grounding out with the tying run on
"You know what
they'll be saying now in New York," Boras said. "' A-Rod can't hit in
Boras said it with
a smile and added a small, knowing laugh. Like Rodriguez, he knows that New
York can measure with an egg timer both sides of its love-hate relationships
with ballplayers. But he knows, too, that Rodriguez is, in Torre's words,
"in a good place and has been ever since spring training." It's a good
place, known to few others, that is miles and miles from last season.