Much was made out of Alex Rodriguez‘s handwritten apology letter to Yankees fans earlier this week. Everything I read about it was negative. Many called for ARod to have done an apology press conference instead of a letter. But while a press conference would have been better do you really think it would have turned out much differently?
Picture this: ARod comes to press conference, reads prepared statement and leaves without answering any questions. How would that have gone over with the critics?
Or this: ARod comes to press conference, reads prepared statement and answers questions evasively. How about that?
No matter what ARod did here it would have been the wrong thing. Would I have liked to have seen him talk to the media? Yes. Would I have liked to have seen him fess up to what he did? Yes. But we all know that he never would have done this. Considering there would be backlash regardless of what he did or said I don’t blame ARod for taking the easy way out.
But let’s get to the reality here. In sports all that matters is on field performance. If ARod gets it done on the field this season then all those Yankees fans who have been upset with him for the last couple of years will become his biggest supporters. Some may even become his biggest defenders. All will be forgiven and (mostly) forgotten. Of course it goes the other way too. If he doesn’t get it done on the field then he’s in for a very long year.