Alex Rodriguez

The Yankees plan to celebrate Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit on September 13

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What strange, crazy couple of years this has been for the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez. It was all-out war between them in 2013. 2014 featured A-Rod’s virtual disappearance during his suspension. This spring was testy, with Rodriguez’s early appearance at spring training creating controversy and his chasing of Willie Mays’ home run total threatening legal maneuvering.

But then the Yankees started winning a lot and, until this past week, were in first place, thanks in large part to A-Rod’s unexpectedly excellent season. They’re still in the thick of the AL East race, obviously, and the good feelings are continuing:

How about that? Hatchets can be buried and baseball accomplishments can be celebrated. Even in New York, even when it involves Alex Rodriguez.

Maybe one day they can celebrate him in a smaller New York town, as they should.