What else did the Texas Rangers want? A 3-run shot in the first inning by Josh Hamilton; tack on another 2 runs in the 4th and the Rangers knocked out C.C. Sabathia. Game over, right? WRONG, actually, it’s SEASON OVER for the Rangers. This was the game they needed and they had all the pieces in place before their bullpen blew it. Don’t ever doubt greatness, as Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano showed who the Yanks really are. Now the Rangers have the pressure on them for Game 2. Remember, they haven’t won a home playoff game this postseason. And if they’re counting on Cliff Lee to bail them out, they better think again unless Lee is pitching every game.
So, Alex Rodriguez was taking steroids…surprise, surprise. Long before a certain editor of a certain sport blog began expressing his opinions, he was telling his buddies that A-Fraud’s taking steroids. NO, NO they cried, not Alex Rodriguez, the golden boy, he’s clean, he worships his body, he’s not like the others. Alas, see how the tides have turned. I’m not shocked. Frankly, look at how his body transformed. He went from this scrawny little shortstop to this buff monster masher. Do I care? Not really. Who in baseball is clean? And I don’t wanna hear what a great guy he is for coming clean. it doesn’t count when he does it after he gets caught. That’s like telling your wife your cheating after she catches you in bed with another woman. With that said, I do need to give props. Not to Alex, but to the man who was telling the truth all along. The guy who everyone laughed at and even exiled from baseball: (drumroll please) Mr. Bash Brother himself, Jose Canseco. Thanks for exposing these bitches…
A moment of silent please… On Sunday night, the plug was pulled on Yankee Stadium. The last home game for the NY Yankees, a win by the way, before they play in their new stadium in 2009. Time to move across the street to the new and improved and modern Yankee Stadium. Yankee stadium, where the greats like Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle roamed. Out with the old, in with the new. But don’t be sad, let’s look at the positive side; Maybe the new stadium will help A-Rod out with his playoff woes? Maybe the new stadium will convince Jason Giambi to shave that porn-stache he’s growning? Maybe the new stadium will return them to the playoffs? OR, maybe the new stadium will be a dud, and the “Yankee Mystique” will be gone forever? Only time will tell. But for now, enjoy Yankee Stadium and what it has stood for for the past 85 years, the home of one of the most hated teams in all sports. Hated because they’ve been winning for so long, sure, but nonetheless hated. You will be missed old friend. R.I.P.
P.S. Where the heck was George Steinbrenner?
The King Jim Leyritz, a former major league baseball player, was charged with manslaughter on Friday for driving under the influence and killing another driver. Many of you don’t remember, but Leyritz was one of the “clutchest” post season designated hitters I’ve seen. He punished the Atlanta Braves many a times, as a Padre and a Yankee. He quietly disappeared at the end of his career. It’s sad to see this guy’s career go down. Another athletes, another felony, what a surprise.
Well, he hasn’t come out publicly yet to deny he ever used steroids, but he posted a video on his website stating just that. After being the highest profile name mentioned in the recent Mitchell report, Roger Clemens has put out a video which states he has never used steroids, HGH, or any performance enhancing drugs, ever! He is set to go on 60 Minutes for a future episode and I am guessing he is going to say some of the same things. Sorry Mr. Rocket if we don’t believe you. We’ve heard this before and it’s the same old song and dance. Just admit you did it and we’ll respect you more. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner was accused in the report of using steroids, an allegation made by his former trainer. I suppose in an era where everyone and their mothers are admitting to using steroids, we should believe you didn’t. You know what I believe? Screw you, your Hall of Fame numbers, and your sport! I’m taking up Curling.
Just when New Yorkers and Bostonians thought that they could relax, think again!!! The two beasts are now in the running for Twins’ ace Johan Santana. Rumors have it that the Sox are in the lead. I wondered to myself if the Sox could get better after waxing every team in the playoffs this past postseason. No more wondering, worrying or fearing, because if they get Johan Santana, possibly the best pitcher in the Major Leagues, everyone better start thinking about coming in second. Salary cap, not in baseball, because this is where the rich get richer. I know, that small market teams like Rockies and the Diamond Backs made it deep and even got to the World Series. But then what happened? They got stomped by Goliath. Winter meetings are always fun, especially when something crazy goes down. But if the Red Sox sign Johan, I’m giving up the sport, it’s hopeless. At least if the Yankees get him, the Yanks will be back on top…of my most hated sports teams list. Until then, the crown belongs to the Sox. By the way, anyone wondering what Minnesota is doing, letting go of Torii Hunter and now Santana, a fire sale perhaps???
I don’t hate the Yankees, nor do I hate what they stand for. They are a big market team that spends money, no matter the amount, to improve the team. I do have some problems with some of their offseason moves, particularly the signing of Mariano Rivera. The closer just inked a 3 year, $45 million dollar contract. If I’m not mistaken, this guy is past his prime and heading towards the closer graveyard. I’m all for rewarding loyalty, if we’re talking about pets. But baseball is a business, and while Mariano may be the greatest Yankee closer of all time, his numbers have certainly taken a hit. He’s 37 years old, lost a couple of m.p.h. on his pitches and frankly, with a 3.15 era, I’m wondering what the Yankees were smoking at the time. Not that there were many options out there, but $45 mil., are they crazy? I know I’m gonna hear it from all the Yankee fans but geez. Look at his numbers from last year, a “contract” year. They’ve all jumped in the wrong direction from the previous years, including era, saves, earned runs, innings pitched and hits. I guess if you got the dough, better to blow it while you’re alive instead of taking it to the grave with you. I wonder if for $45 million, can Mariano play a little 1B?
So Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees are playing nice again, and reports are that the two parties have been in negotiations the past few days. What the @$%*? I thought Hank Steinbrenner came out and blasted ARod in the press after he opted out of his contract. Wasn’t ARod booed mercilessly in New York? Won’t he always be second fiddle to Derek Jeter? I guess money talks and bullshit runs a marathon. Reports have it that the Yankees are willing to pay ARod $275 million over ten years, however the catch is that they don’t want to deal with Scott Boras, ARod’s agent. Looks like Rodriguez might throw his agent under the bus to get the money he wants. This is the same agent that got Rodriguez his last record setting contract, and now how soon they forget. We always knew ARod was spineless, but show some loyalty man! It’s not all about the money. Did I just say that? Take a little less, go play for the Angels where you’ll be happy. We won’t boo you here when you fail in the playoffs, we’re just happy to be there. You won’t be second fiddle to anyone on the team, Vladimir Guerrero doesn’t speak English and doesn’t really speak for that matter. If ARod ends up back with the Yankees it will be pathetic on all counts. Steinbrenner threw him out with the dirty bath water and now he backslides and negotiates with him. Let’s just hope this is a p loy to drive up the bids by other teams.
Well, at least one thing has gone right for the New York Yankees. Jorge Posada has agreed today to a $52.4 million, four year contract that keeps the catcher off the free agent market and in a Yankee uniform for at least 4 more years. With Torre and A-Rod moving on, Posada, who has been with the Yankees his entire career, and Rivera have become New York’s main focus. Unfortunately for the Yanks, they have yet to come to terms with Mariano Rivera. Rivera, an eight-time All-Star who turns 38 on Nov. 29, was in the Dominican Republic on Monday, and the closer said if he couldn’t reach a deal with New York, he would consider following manager Joe Torre to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is expected to receive a three year contract, but whether he accepts still remains to be seen.
Well, forget about the rumors, it’s official. Joe Torre, just two weeks after walking away from the Yankees, has accepted a three year, 13 million dollar deal to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers. Favored to win the NL West this year, the Dodgers underachieved and finished fourth. They have only one playoff victory since winning the 1988 World Series under Tom Lasorda.The winningest manager in postseason history, Torre moves from one storied franchise to another. He’s becomes the Dodgers’ eighth manager since the team left Brooklyn and he hopes to finally get this team playing in October. Being so well liked by players, Ned Colletti and the Dodgers are hoping Torre can bridge the gap between the veterans and the younger guys in the lineup. “As a kid growing up, you didn’t like them,” Torre said on WFAN radio in New York before the hiring was announced. “As a player, to me the Dodgers were the Yankees of the National League because … you either loved them or you hated them.” The 67-year-old Torre will be introduced at a news conference Monday at Dodger Stadium. Grady Little resigned Tuesday after completing two seasons of a three-year deal.