Nope. They play it straight, sort of. The snarkless headline reads "A-Rod launches first home run of spring." After the dutiful, happy quote from Alex, they remind us that the disgraceful Public Enemy No. 13 hasn't hit a home run in a long, long while...
Rodriguez still has to show he’s able to hit them when it counts after returning from his year-long suspension... In five games this spring, Rodriguez is 5-for-11 with two walks and as many have shown before him, success this time of year can be deceiving.
Fair game, I guess. But it's a sign that the tabs are starting to hedge their bets. In the editorial rooms, somebody must be pondering the worst case scenario: That A-Rod actually returns, hits and has a good year.
Of course, the American snipers - Madden, Lupica, et al, the gods of sports morality - will take their shots. Right now, though, with the Yankees looking punchless, it's hard to condemn the a guy who is hitting.