Friday, November 7, 2014
Posted by Alphonso at 1:02 PM
I see a lot of blathering about A-Rod. Is he or is he not a scum bag? Who cares?
A few things are likely true:
1. It was the Yankee ownership's stupidity that they re-signed A-Rod to a longer, more lucrative contract when, " no one was competing for his services." This blog, and every fan I knew realized it was the Yankees only chance to get out from under the A-rod contractual burden. The opportunity was like a gift from MLB. And, sure enough, the brain dead Yankee owners, re-signed him in some sort of panic fog. So the remaining $61 million is on them.
And all the related issues of having him around, are on them.
2. A-Rod has always chased the money. What an insight. Wouldn't we? If I could milk out one year doing something I really like, something like playing ball, I would grovel and keen in front of anyone for the $20 million one year would bring. So let's not blame him as some sort of pig. He is like all american male pigs. Only he gets more action.
3. The Yankees have already folded their tent for the next several years by re-signing the architect of failure, Brian Cashman. So let's stop pretending we are going to win anything by keeping Chase Headly, Brian McCarthy and Steven Drew in the fold. Let's stop pretending that AAA first
baseman ( Bird ) will be given a chance to replace our .220 slugger, Texiera, at first base. Let's stop pretending that there will be any " baseball reasons' to watch the Yankees next year.
But here is something the baseball people can do; start A-Rod at 3rd base and play him 9 innings, every game, every day. He will earn his money that way. If he pulls muscles, strikes out, can't get to pop-ups, keep him in there. He is our guy at third for the next three years. This will be worth tuning in for.
Don't yield to any of this DH crap, where he gets to sit all day, spit pumpkin seeds and strike out. Let him play.
Maybe, like a light bulb on the way out, he flashes brightly. Maybe he goes dark early. Whatever he does, it will make no difference in how the Yankees do.
This team is not going to see the playoffs.
But watching A-Rod earn his money will be worth something.