Where to begin with this post? I guess with the "reputation as a dirty player" I hadn't really heard this ever about A-Rod. If you are referring to when he came up high on Pedroia I think you are taking that a little too far. Do you really think no one on the Sox has ever come up high or slid past the bag to try and break up a double play? That was one incident. I dont think players around the league consider him a dirty player.
Next, "clubhouse cancer". You reference an SI Article which is mostly quotes from a jackass roid head. Really? How can you respect anything that guy says? He signed a huge contract then missed a season because of a tumor caused by roids and has been a shell of his former self ever since the crackdown. That is not a guy I want on my team. Guys like that who get up n peoples faces during some roid rage are the one's I would consider a clubhouse cancer. Especially when he runs his mouth in the press about shit that is suppose to be kept behind closed doors. Giambi is a tool and cheat. F*ck him.
Next, your quotes " I can't stand it when people on this site dig up some random fact, article, or stat from the past" isnt that what you just did?
"yesterday I made a comment about A-Rod not being a clutch playoff performer--which should have been an obvious reference to the last few seasons" Why should this be obvious? His playoff stats in Seattle are just as important as the ones in NY. Why wouldnt you look a whole body of work rather than just the most recent. Ill answer for you , because it would your point wrong. By your logic Buchholz is the best pitcher ever.
Misplaced context can make your entire argument wrong, that is why people bicker about it. If 2 or more people are debating a certain idea or trying to defend a certain idea than the details and context are extremely important.
Look, we all know that A-Rod (so far) in his New York career has folded under the spotlight during the playoffs (with the exception of the first three games of the 2004 ALCS)... Why should we believe that he would preform differently in Boston where he'd get the same schpeel from the press about being "not being a real Red Sox" etc.
So no, I don't believe that Buchholz is the greatest pitcher ever.
But I do think A-Rod's folding under pressure in NY is a decent predictor of what his future might hold playing for a similar big market club.
I'm not an oricle and I can't see the future, but this is a logical arguement to make.
His NYY numbers in the playoffs are more relevant than his Seattle #s at this point. End of story.
Maybe when it's all said and done, A-Rod will go through a metamorphosis and become the next Mr. October, but right now you'd have pit his smaller market numbers (seattle) against his MOST RECENT big market numbers (new york)... and personally, I think it would be a better bet to use his most recent big market numbers as opposed to his old smaller market numbers if you want to talk about him playing in Boston.
Carl Pavano had one good season and the Yankees gave him $40 million. Obviously THEY should have looked at his game log for his whole career. But that's an injury plagued pitcher coming to NY from a small market team in the national league, which, therefore, isn't as good a sample season as had Pavano been playing for the Mets that season.
You don't think A-Rod's a head case these days? Fine, believe whatever you want. But we all saw how the guy went into that 0-21 slump when he got hr #499. That's evidence right there.