Love him or hate him, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is one tremendous player. No matter your feelings towards him, it's possible for all to agree on one aspect of the A-Rod universe. In deciding to play through an injury and participate in Tuesday's All Star Game, A-Rod did the right thing.
"With 3.9 million votes, you feel like you have a responsibility to go out there and play," said Rodriguez. "The game is about the fans, and to get that many votes, you feel like you have a responsibility to go out there and play well."In a day and age where athletes and celebrities often brush off the fans that make them who they are, it's nice to see Rodriguez stand up and do what's right. Too often stars skirt around the All Star game with phantom injuries and excuses, and the game is tatters because of it.
A-Rod could have easily used his hamstring as his ticket out of participating in Tuesday's game, and in this case it would have been legit - he did miss time because of it. Yet in choosing to to play and acknowledge the fans who voted him in, he deserves the same acknowledgment back for thinking the right way.