First, I am not an A-Rod basher. He's got great power and speed and hits for average. The guy puts up huge numbers. Good enough to be MVP (again) last year. He's a golden-glove fielder. He's a first-ballot hall-of-famer (unless he suffers a catstrophic injury tomorrow) and he will probably end up breaking Aaron or Bond's record for career home runs someday. In short, I would take him on my team any day.
But who would you rather have up in a clutch situation? Who would you rather have going back on a pop-up with two men on in a close game? Who would you rather have take a cut-off on a play to the plate. Derek's huge night last night (including throwing out Texeira at the plate) reminded me just how much stats don't tell the story. Anyone who says the guy is overrated simply can't be watching him play every day.