October 28, 2012 Sunday
Perhaps we Bills fans can take notice!
The great Ted Williams left an example of how to deal with these defensive hijinks. Maybe it will sink in as the Pinstripers watch someone else in the World Series, again.
Years ago, I read "Baseball and Billions" by the Wharton economist Andrew Zimbalist, and I've never since felt one shred of sympathy or respect for the rich slimeballs who buy or - for the most part, inherit - their way into the National Pastime. It's all rigged. They can never lose. When you hear them poormouth, never forget it: Everything is rigged, so they never lose.
For example, teams get to write-off bloated longterm contracts to bloated aging stars as depreciating assets, like a mansion that caved in. There's a formula for it. By A-Rod's final year, he'll be a $25 million paper loss to the taxman. To the Steinbrothers, those four HRs and the .205 batting average will be worth every penny.
But A-Rod's salary will still count to MLB's new operating agreement, so the owners have it both ways: They write off the salary to the U.S. government, while limiting how much they can pay their employees, via the MLB government.
Which brings us Robbie Cano.
Two days ago, we exercised our $15 million option on Robbie. We had no choice. Look at these golden, Joe Morganesque numbers:
The Yankees are sending Curtis Granderson to get his eyes examined. In some circles, 200 strikeouts are viewed as a sign of blindness. Who knew? Maybe last week, the Grandyman was seeing the 1963 Dodgers pitching staff. It was all a blur to him.
So, now he'll go recite an eye chart. This has to be the best Yankee news since Dellin Betances threw a walkless inning in Arizona. (Note: I'm not sure whether Dellin Betances has thrown a walkless inning in Arizona. I was just stretching for something that sounded like good news.) If Grandy returns next year, he'll be the new Grandy, the office worker nerd Grandy, maybe sporting a pair of Versace frames!
Let's face it: We're stuck with A-Rod, unless he lowers the boom and says he wants to leave. Even then, it's dicey. We cannot spend $20 million per year to pay for another team's thirdbaseman, and that's what it's going to take: A full-scale buyout.
But think this: Derek Jeter for two more years at shortstop. It doesn't parse. His legs will break down. His ankles will break down. He needs an easier position. Second base is out. The corner outfield slots won't work. He needs to play third.
Think about it.
Miami Herald: "... manhandled..."
New York Times: "... will be reviled... a punchless spectacle of October..."
New York Post: "... the last shred of baseball dignity... stripped away..."
Lupica: "... dropped out of a fourth-story window..."
New York Daily News: "... startling team-wide lack of mental toughness... the complete lack of fight with the season on the line..."
Newsday: "... Mercifully, the Tigers ended the debacle..."
CBS: "... Alex Rodriguez needs the Witness Protection Program..."
Lohud: "... What is Yankee baseball exactly...?"
Girardi: "... "It wasn't one guy, it wasn't two guys, it was a bunch of guys..."
Cashman: "... massively disappointing..."
River Ave: "... they didn’t put up much of a fight at all..."
El Duque: "... first, waterboard, then castrate; detain families, surgically delete all records that they existed... and then start cleaning house..."
In the post-game gaggle, A-Rod every question posed to him. But nobody even bothered to say, "Hey, man, wipe your chin."