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Top Stories Of 2019 (Part 2)

December 31, 2019

Yesterday, I talked about the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th most popular posts from 2019.

Today, we’ll round out the year by revealing which story was the most popular story on from 2019.

I attended a conference last year. It was a conference here in Salt Lake City. One of the keynote speakers was baseball great, Alex Rodriguez. I’m not a huge fan of Alex Rodriguez. He started his Major League career with the woeful Seattle Mariners. In fact, he was on their team because they were so woeful. The worst teams get to draft the best players each year, and Seattle was one of the worst. Alex was definitely one of the best.

However, when his contract was up rather than resign with the Seattle Mariners, he said, “I want to go play for a team that has a chance to win a championship like my friend Derek Jeter has with the Yankees.”

The problem was that rather than go to the Yankees, or the Dodgers, or any of the best teams, he signed a record breaking $250,000,000 contract with the Texas Rangers. Why was that a problem? First, the Rangers were not a championship caliber team. (That wouldn’t come until years later when they had finally rid themselves of A-Rod’s bloated contract.) The second, and far more serious problem, was that the Texas Rangers played in the same division as the Seattle Mariners. So, A-Rod was going to be bringing his big bat to Safeco Field, to beat up on the Mariners 16 times per season. (Okay, 8 in Seattle and 8 in Dallas, but still.)

A-Rod is pretty much hated in Seattle. For good reason.

And he was the keynote speaker at this tech conference. But, A-Rod was also a baseball player. And I’m nothing if not a huge baseball fan. So, there was no way I was going to miss A-Rod’s presentation.

And that’s what brings us to the most popular post from 2019. It wasn’t A-Rod. In fact, he was not much more than a footnote to the story. It’s what the guy that introduced him said.

Find it here “The Unapologetic Misogynist On Stage.”

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