Apparently A-Rod says it is. Now I know A-Rod personally and he is one of the finest all around athletes to ever play the game. Not to mention he is an incredible basketball player. I played in a few charity games with him and he was exceptional. But what should certainly be a wake up call and a warning that the Yankees are ready and will be a team to be reckon with this season is when A-Rod starts talking (he's not a talker) and making world championship promises.
Throughout his stellar career his excellent play ( in the field and at bat) has done all the talking. Now he takes it upon himself to add pressure to the coaches, the management and his team right out the gate. No slow starts, no slumps and no control issues. Just win in the beginning and when at the end. You gotta love it! These are the Yankees. We all want to beat the Yankees and now we have locker room billboard material to motivate us courtesy of A-Rod. When you are as good as he is and surrounded by an excellent team somehow I don't see this as an advantage.
If you were going to fight Ali in his prime and he says he's going to whoop you good, and all night long and become the heavyweight champion of the world, I don't think his words would be to your advantage. On the contrary, I think it may be to your disadvantage and bring on some uninvited fear and trembling. Confidence is not a negative. Over confidence is. A-Rod is confident (another MVP year) based upon what he sees in his team and what he doesn't see in other teams. It sets the table for a more intriguing season now that Alex Rodriguez is confident (good for baseball) and he's talking (bad for us) and the rest of us are waiting, watching and hoping we will beat the Yankees and close his mouth! Go A's!!