Alex Rodriguez would like to see ‘more fight’ out of Yankees
The New York Yankees have struggled of late and Alex Rodriguez has some ideas on how the team can get things turned around and headed back in the right direction.
According to the former Yankees slugger-turned-MLB analyst, the Bronx Bombers need to exhibit more intensity and competitive fire, both on and off the field.
“I’m not saying the Yankees need to start a fight by any means, but I’d love to see more fight, more action, more Paul O’Neill attitude and sometimes you want a guy in the room to stand up and not necessarily throw a chair, but get in somebody’s face and show some emotion, some passion,” A-Rod told the Boston Globe on what’s plaguing the Yankees. “Because right now I would want to shake somebody and it starts with yourself, being accountable.”
The Yankees snapped a five-game losing streak — during which the team dropped four straight to the Boston Red Sox in a demoralizing sweep — on Monday with a 7-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
The Yankees currently find themselves nine games behind the BoSox in the AL East, yet remain the top wild card team in the American League, three games clear of the Oakland A’s.
That does not mean the Yankees are in any position to relax, of course. Nor can the team, A-Rod believes, remain seemingly too passive or complacent with so much on the line down the stretch — including a chance, however minuscule, of getting back in the division race should Boston struggle.
While A-Rod had a hot take become the source of backlash in recent weeks, the same arguably cannot be said about his observations concerning the struggling Yankees.