Friday, May 2, 2014

2009: Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox

Alex Rodriguez would finally get his ring in real life in 2009 while playing for the Yankees. Would he finally get his first ring in the world of Out of the Park Baseball? Let's first take a look at the 2009 Red Sox. Below is a team picture. This is Out of the Park Baseball 15 now as I imported this dynasty from OOTP 14. The transfer went off without a hitch. The team picture concept was first introduced in OOTP 14 but it always was sized wrong and would cut off half the roster while saving the file. I figured it was my laptop and I was doing something wrong. In OOTP 15, saving the team picture is much easier and looks a lot better. Here you go. Love this feature!

As the season moved along, moves were made. The Red Sox traded for David Robertson. What I love about OOTP 15 is in the player profile screen it lists how they were acquired.

And then when you click on the link, you get this....

I love it. Something small but it is the small things that make the difference.

Moving on to the season. Alex Rodriguez led the Boston Red Sox to yet another AL East title. The Red Sox have won the division every single season since the trade. You can say the trade in many ways has been successful for the Red Sox, of course they are still searching for their first ring since 1918

It would all come down to the playoffs once again but the Red Sox have some glaring weaknesses, mainly a lack of pitching. Daisuke Matsuzaka was the staff ace but he was hurt and would miss the playoffs. Jon Lester is in Texas thanks to the trade years earlier for AROD. Hanley Ramirez is perhaps the best player on the Red Sox but because he is here,  there is no Josh Beckett. The Sox have some pitching issues.

Cliff Lee was a minor league free agent pickup by the Sox. He never turned his career around like he did in real life where he want from the minor leagues trying to find it, to an ace in the big leagues.

Sadly, the playoffs for the Red Sox would end very similar to how it always ends since AROD arrived in Boston.

The Minnesota Twins would win their second straight world championship and would sweep the Red Sox in the first round on their way to the title. Was Alex Rodriguez to blame?

0-12 in the series is not good. Is the championship drought starting to get to AROD in the playoffs?

AROD's first four seasons in the playoffs were  incredible. The last two trips have been miserable. He is now 1 for his last 26 in the playoffs.

Alex Rodriguez will now enter the final year of his contract with the Red Sox. Will they extend him? Will they let him walk and have Hanley Ramirez take over at SS? What will his legacy be in Boston if he can't get the Red Sox the ring in 2010? Stay tuned.

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