In general, nothing gets sportswriters going like outrage; and nothing seems to create outrage quite like steroids (unless it is an NFL player). Ian O'Connor gets the ball rolling nicely.
Hank [Steinbrenner] signed off on a $305 million contract worth more than some major-league teams, a deal including $30 million in bonuses for slaying baseball’s sultans of swat. Never mind that the fan base couldn’t stand A-Rod, and that the DNA of the game’s most gifted player was so clearly missing that indefinable winner’s gene.
[Yeah, because it is smart to emphasize "indefinable winner's gene" over "the game's most gifted player" in that analysis. Maybe Cashman should have run a few gels before signing off on the new contract.]
Do Warren Buffett and the money guys at Goldman Sachs deserve a little grief from Yankees fans for bridging the troubled waters separating A-Rod and their team. Sure, why not?
[Ummm, because that's stupid?]
But Hank was the voice of the franchise at the time.
[Voice = Sole decision-maker]
As it turned out, Hank would’ve been much better off letting A-Rod sign with the Toledo Mud Hens.
[I got a guy on the other line asking about some white walls!]
There isn’t going to be a next employer; Rodriguez is too radioactive for any team to take.
[Umm, I'll take him, right?]