Bill Simmons Takes a Dig at Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez for Being Unlucky for New York Yankees and Now NBA Team Timberwolves

Published 05/01/2022, 10:56 AM EDT
TAMPA – FEBRUARY 17: Infielder Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees pauses during a press conference about his performance enhancing drug use at the George Steinbrenner complex February 17, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez is inarguably the most popular face in Major League Baseball. Even after years of his retirement, A-Rod is one of the prominent faces in the sporting world. Having played for over 20 years in MLB, the Yankees great is now a successful businessman.

But sometimes, he has also received some harsh criticism for doing what he does the best. Given his immense contribution to the Pinstripes, A-Rod’s name will be etched in golden words in the history of the New York Yankees. 

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However, after he arrived in the Bronx, the Yankees also suffered probably their worst record in Major League Baseball. And that too against their arch-rivals, Boston Red Sox. Although it was just a coincidence, A-Rod jinxed the Yankees big time. And now, a decade after that incident, Simmons thinks that A-Rod might have brought his bad luck to his NBA franchise, Minnesota Timberwolves.

Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez’s Minnesota Timberwolves create an unwanted record in the NBA

Earlier in 2021, Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez, along with billionaire Marc Lore, invested in the NBA franchise Minnesota Timberwolves. They became part-owners of the Timberwolves. Now, in the next year of getting A-Rod as their owner, the Timberwolves set an unwanted record in their name. 

NEW YORK – AUGUST 9: Infielder Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees stands on the field during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on August 9, 2004 in the Bronx, New York. The won Blue Jays won 5-4. (Photo by M. David Leeds/Getty Images)

They have become the first-ever NBA team to blow their double-digit fourth-quarter lead in a single playoff series. Before the Timberwolves, no team had even blown a two double-digit fourth-quarter lead. But the Timberwolves did three.

However, baseball analyst Bill Simmons believes that A-Rod might have unintentionally jinxed the Timberwolves. Taking to Twitter, Simmons related the Timberwolves’ loss to the Yankees playoff series loss against the Boston Red Sox in 2004.

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Notably, A-Rod joined the Yankees in the 2004 season. In the same season, The Boston Red Sox became the first and only team in MLB history to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series against the New York Yankees. And now within a year after A-Rod bought the Timberwolves, something similar has happened with the Timberwolves.

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What do you think? Did A-rod really jinx the Timberwolves?

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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