â†µKansas City Star yeoman Joe Posnanski (via CSTB) works the deduction machine to uncover how well Rodriguez buddies Miguel Tejada and Bret Boone hit against the Rangers during the period in question. And since these buddy relationships work in two directions, Posnanski notes a long-held theory about A-Rod that hasn't been squelched in his Yankee years. â†µ
â†µâ‡¥The thing about A-Rod is that he became known in Texas for being a master of the home run when the game was out of reach — local reporters there talked about that all the time. I never really put any stock in that sort of talk; that’s precisely the sort of silly thing reporters say when they don’t like a player. â†µâ†µThe columnist's work concludes that while the numbers of Tejada and Boone were suspiciously better against the Rangers, A-Rod didn't a) hit many more homers in blow-outs, or b) obviously benefit from any AL West quid pro quo. Nothing short of a public double-crossing by one of the supposed/alleged partners in baseball crime can prove any of this, but the stain of the allegation by a highly respected writer will do enough damage to count as a conviction. How long until A-Rod usurps Bonds on Most Hated lists?â†µ
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