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Sports World Reacts To A-Rod's Performance Last Night

A closeup of Alex Rodriguez.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Sports commentator and former professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez takes part in a panel during WSJ's The Future of Everything Festival at Spring Studios on May 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez served as the color commentator for last night's ESPN broadcast of the AL Wild Card Game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

Judging by his performance, and the reaction to it from the general public, A-Rod's time in the booth on Tuesday was almost as cringeworthy as his former team's play on the field during Boston's 6-2 win.

Rodriguez is no doubt knowledgeable about the game he played for over 20 years at the MLB level, but he has a tendency to talk...and talk...and talk some more. This leads to occasional salient points being drowned out by mindless "analysis."

Below are a few examples of some of Rodriguez's greatest hits from last night.

In my opinion, Rodriguez has shown himself to be much, much better in a studio setting on FOX. There, he can simply break down specific aspects of the game and lend expertise. With a defined role, it eliminates some of his excess chattering.

When he's on ESPN's primetime broadcasts though, he has free reign to talk as much as he wants to, and that seems to be when he starts to run into trouble with his viewers.