Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Neither side has indicated an 11th-hour deal is in the works, Rodriguez’s camp has always denied any interest in cutting a deal with MLB, and the possibility of a deal pretty much evaporated in early August, just before MLB suspended Rodriguez and 12 other players, when baseball officials rebuffed union chief Michael Weiner’s request for a settlement meeting.
But allow me to throw this **** at the wall to see if is sticks.
Friday, September 13, 2013
It was just two months ago, right here, that we asked a question which, for commissioner Bud Selig, ought to rank right up there with, “What’s the meaning of life itself?”
That question: Who is the Face of Baseball in the summer of 2013?
Well, now we know.
And guess what? It isn’t Miguel Cabrera. It isn’t Mike Trout. It isn’t Bryce Harper. It isn’t even the legendary Mariano Rivera.
The Face of Baseball, according to more than 1,000 fans surveyed by our friends at Turnkey Intelligence last month, is a player his sport would rather vaporize than promote.
And by that, of course, we mean the one, the only Alex “Currently Appealing My 211-Game Suspension” Rodriguez.
NJ in NY
Posted: September 13, 2013 at 07:18 AM | 47 comment(s)
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Its time to stop beating the dead horse.
It was my brother James and all he said was, “Put on ESPN, we’re getting A-Rod.”
“See for yourself. They’re working on a trade.” I placed the phone onto the kitchen table, walked into my TV room, turned it on, changed the channel to ESPN and saw what my brother was talking about.
I screamed out a string of expletives, my dad told me to watch my mouth and then when he saw what I was reacting to, he said the same exact phrase. Do as I say, not as I do. Or so they say.
I couldn’t believe it. The Yankees were working on a deal to bring Alex Rodriguez to New York. Was this real life?
At dinner that night, I discussed the impending deal with my dad, the longtime Yankee fan who attended his first game in 1946, and he loved it. He said, “Alex Rodriguez is the best player in baseball and has a chance to be the best of all-time, the Yankees have to make this deal.”
When it was officially announced a couple of days later and Rodriguez was introduced to the New York media, my boss at NBC allowed me to sit in his office so I could watch the press conference on his TV.
While I wasn’t a big fan of Rodriguez and had written some disparaging stuff about him in the past, I was thrilled with the deal. Alex Rodriguez was 28 and in the prime of his career so I imagined many M.V.P. awards, championships, parades and a lot of happiness in Yankeeland…
Now, nearly ten years removed from the day in February 2004, after many early playoff exits, after numerous off the field drama, after PED admissions, and even after the 2009 World Series victory, people are now writing “what if” pieces.
What if the Yankees hadn’t signed A-Rod? What if they kept Alfonso Soriano?
Look, it’s easy to imagine a Yankee team without Rodriguez and it’s also very easy for some people to put the blame of every postseason failure on his shoulders even if it wasn’t entirely his fault. That’s what happens when you sign a contract for so much money. You become bigger than the team you play for.
But was he supposed to refuse the $252 million deal from Texas? Would you say, “You know what? I think that’s too much money, can you knock a few million off the final contract? Thanks!” No, you wouldn’t.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Alex Rodriguez has been diagnosed with a grade 1 strain of his left quadriceps and will be sidelined seven to 10 days, scuttling hopes he’d return to the New York Yankees lineup as soon as Monday.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
“Just think of all the steroids horses get the use!” says the author in a cheap shot.
“At least the centaur still has two good hips!” says the author in a second cheap shot.
Posted: June 20, 2013 at 09:12 AM | 6 comment(s)
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