Tuesday, February 17, 2004
A-RodI already weighed in with my less-than-compelling reasons why A-Rod will be a burden, rather than a help, to the Yankees. God, not that you've already read any of this or thought of it before, but here goes:
- The New York Times has an article on the A-Rod situation. In particular, two friends wrote that the passage
while Rodriguez is the most talented, the team stressed yesterday that Jeter still has the most clout.is rather interesting from two standpoints:
- We'll see just how long that lasts after ST (Rodriguez has never played 3B in his career and is the superior defensive SS)
- An obsolete definition of "clout" is "a cloth used to cover a man's genitals". Hee!
- And of course, ESPN has its own columnist to look at matters, humorously or otherwise. Some good reasons why A-Rod to the Yanks won't matter:
1. Last time I checked, pitchers and catchers haven't even reported yet. ...So it should be a full year for my second-favorite AL team, the Red Sox.
2. All right, how can this POSSIBLY turn out well with Jeter playing shortstop and A-Rod playing third? ...
3. Consider this: No more Grady Little.
6. For the first time in 16 years, the Red Sox have three prime starters, thanks to the addition of Schilling. Isn't this a stronger version of the team that came within one managerial boner of the World Series? Suddenly we're writing them off because a guy who's never even played in a World Series landed on the Yanks?
7. Have I mentioned that Pedro is in a contract year? ...
- Now comes Cap'n A-Rod's Fun Page!
Finally, All The Cubs' Maddux Are In A RowWell, I was wrong about Greg Maddux signing with the Cards -- looks like he's gone back to his roots and signed with the Cubs. (I found out because my wife was in the other room hooting and hollering.) Well, good luck to the Cubbies -- with Pettitte and Clemens in the Astros' lineup, they'll need it. (On second thought, maybe they won't -- there was a great ESPN article a while ago that I can't now find discussing final career years of great pitchers; most of them were below replacement value.)
And Now For Our Human Interest StoryGreatest Commercials Never Made Dep't: Johnny Cash's heirs and assigns have refused to allow his hit "Ring of Fire" to be used for a hemorrhoid commercial. In this era of garment failures, it warms me to the bottom of my heart that someone can have deep-seated convictions...