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Hey A-Rod, I've got your back

Tired of all the unfair criticism spit at Alex Rodriguez, Jim Caple is now his new No. 1 fan. Story

Updated: February 23, 2007, 6:12 PM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2

I admit it. When the Yankees opened camp with their traditional first fundamental drill -- Alex Rodriguez inserting his foot in his mouth -- I was ready to ridicule A-Rod just like everyone else. After reading his comments about his declining friendship with Derek Jeter, my initial thought was to describe my own evolving relationship with A-Rod:

The reality is our friendship has cooled since Alex left Seattle. We aren't blood brothers anymore and we don't have sleepovers four or five nights ...

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