Alex Rodriguez was both loved and hated by the city of New York when he played for the Yankees. What would that have been like if he was on the New York Mets?
A young superstar in Seattle, Alex Rodriguez was making a name for himself with stellar defensive plays and a hot bat. That led him to Texas and then New York City before his retirement in 2016 with the Yankees.
Now, imagine if the team he played for in New York was the Mets instead of the Yankees. Crazy, right? Well, not really.
Rodriguez, a well-known Mets fan, took time on his gig on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball to lament over the fact that he should’ve been playing for the blue and orange team in New York.
“I thought I would make great concessions to go play for the Mets,” Rodriguez told Matt Vasgersian via Ari Gilberg of the New York Daily News. “I thought it was a great story for baseball.”
The conversation was prompted by Vasgersian bringing up A-Rod’s fandom and asking about the potential of him being a Met at some point in his career.
Maybe Mets fans would have treated him with a little more respect than he got while in the Bronx. He could have been an entirely different player and the Mets could have been an entirely different team.
Instead, Rodriguez took the money and ran to the Bronx, where he launched home run after home run in Yankee Stadium.
A-Rod also could have been his own shining star in Queens, instead of having to transition to third base instead of his home at shortstop. So many “what ifs” with Alex Rodriguez and we can only imagine.
In reality, A-Rod was a Yankee and the Mets were lackluster for several years without him. Maybe he’ll bring some luck for them by calling their games this season.