A-Rod (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images), Tom Brady fan (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images), Adrian Peterson (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Palladino: This Villain-To-Hero Stuff Is All Hogwash

Fans are easy. They forget. Or, more exactly, they don’t want to remember. Great stats and championships are the greatest causes of moral amnesia.


Kelly Johnson celebrates with teammate Juan Uribe after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 15-2 at Citi Field on July 25, 2015. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

3 Up And 3 Down: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not In New York Sports

Let’s take a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the local sports landscape.


Alex Rodriguez rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the top of the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 27, 2015. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Birthday Bash: A-Rod Becomes 4th Player To Homer In Teens And 40s

Alex Rodriguez marked his 40th birthday Monday night by homering against Texas, the team that gave him his first huge contract.


<> at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 27, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.

A-Rod Turns 40, Goes Yard As Yankees Beat Rangers

Alex Rodriguez homered on his 40th birthday, helping the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 Monday night.


Alex Rodriguez watches a ball leave the yard against the Minnesota Twins on July 25, 2015. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

A-Rod On Turning 40: ‘I’m Happy And Healthy And In A Good Place’

Hardly anyone thought Alex Rodriguez would be celebrating his 40th birthday as a member of the Yankees. But he’s pulled off the improbable.


Masahiro Tanaka delivers a pitch for the Yankees against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on July 17, 2015. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

A-Rod Blast In 7th Gets Yankees’ Second Half Off To Solid Start

Alex Rodriguez returned from the All-Star break with a boom, hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning as the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Friday night.


Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees celebrates his sixth inning home run against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 5, 2015. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Keidel: All-Star Snub Or Not, A Good Season From A-Rod Is No Longer Good Enough

What is lost on the A-Rod Apologist, shrieking in indignity over the All-Star snub, is that he’s blown past the point of total forgiveness.


Alex Rodriguez

A-Rod ‘Disappointed’ By All-Star Omission, But Not Surprised

Alex Rodriguez says he is “obviously disappointed” to be left off the American League All-Star team, but considered himself “a long shot” to get selected.


Darryl Strawberry and Alex Rodriguez

Steinbrenner: A-Rod Is Having ‘One Of The Greatest Comeback Years’ Ever

“It’s an amazing year,” he said. “The bad hips, all the other stuff, the more than a year off at his age. To come back and do what he’s done is pretty amazing.”


Alex Rodriguez (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

‘Amazing’ A-Rod Snubbed From All-Star Game

Hank Steinbrenner says Alex Rodriguez is having “one of the greatest comeback years any player has ever had.” But it’s not enough to earn him a place on the AL’s All-Star team.


Mark Teixeira (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Yankees’ Teixeira, Betances, Mets’ DeGrom Named All-Star Game Reserves

Less than three months after making his major league debut, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is an All-Star, one of two rookies selected along with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.


Zack Hample at a news conference with Alex Rodriguez, after Hample returned the ball from Rodriguez's 3,000th hit for a charity donation. (Credit: CBS2)

A-Rod, Yanks Settle Bonus Dispute; Team To Give $3.5M To Charities

Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups.


Alex Rodriguez

Report: A-Rod’s Milestone Bonus Money May Go To Charity

The dispute over Alex Rodriguez’s milestone bonus for hitting home run No. 660 may soon come to an end. And plenty of good may come out of it.


Alex Rodriguez

Keidel: Don’t Ever Compare A-Rod To Jeter — Even For A Hit

Stop comparing him to Jeter — even for a day, for an inning. Even for a hit. Especially the 3,000th hit.


NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees hits a home run as well as getting his 3000th career hit in the first inning against Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers  Detroit Tigers during their game at Yankee Stadium on June 19, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Fan Who Caught A-Rod’s 3,000 Home Run Ball Holding Onto It — For Now

After talking to the Yankees, Hample posted that he “told the Yankees I’m keeping it.”