For all of the things I’ve written, reading the A-Rod book is not without its enjoyable moments. I may later assemble some random ones in a post, but I want to share this one while it’s fresh. From the field notes of Mariners’ scout Roger Jongewaard after surveying Alex Rodriguez, high school senior:
Premium prospect with potential to be an impact player . . . Darren Dreifort would be a good pick but Rodriguez is better!
Not to be too hard on Jongewaard — scouting has to be an unbelievably tough racket, and hindsight is 20/20, but it’s the exclamation point that gets me. Like he felt he had to add when saying something so audacious as Rodriguez > Dreifort.