NEW YORK — If Alex Rodriquez had sat down to draw up how he expected his first week back in the major leagues to go, it’s doubtful even a player with as healthy an ego as his could have come up with anything as unexpected as what we have seen over the New York Yankees’ first six games of 2015.
In the space of six games, he has gone from a guy who was welcomed back uneasily last Monday — the pregame reception for him on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium was decidedly mixed, with more than a few boos intermingled with the cheers — to a player whose at-bats are now eagerly anticipated by the fans and anxiously anticipated by the opposition. (You have to know the difference between eagerness/eager and anxiety/anxious to know what I’m talking about.)
(For the whole A-Rod article, go to http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/id/84041/dream-week-for-a-rod)
Well, What’s the Difference?
Are you eagerly (not anxiously) wanting to know the distinction? This description comes from my Word Trippers book (details here).
Anxious, eager – “Eager” means exciting or enthusiastic. “Anxious” means full of anxiety or worry. “I’m eager to hear the details of your trip.” “I have been anxious to learn about your travels ever since I heard about the airline strike.”
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