This is the only completely positive column about Alex Rodriguez you are likely to read.
After this paragraph, you will not be reading the word "but" as in A-Rod is the reigning AL MVP, but (fill in the rip by Ozzie Guillen, the foot-in-the-mouth, self-pitying moment in which Rodriguez says "my life is about getting crushed" as he did yesterday, the exhumation of last year's postseason meltdown or the flips then flops about the World Baseball Classic). From here forward, this is purely about, well, the most talented player in the majors.
That is a good place to start. You are possibly watching the greatest player you will ever see. [joel sherman]
Labels: team a-rod, yanquis
like i'm not already disgusted enough with the whole thing...
"Many people are saying, 'Ichiro [Suzuki] is a good guy and Matsui is a bad guy,"' said Gaku Tashiro, who covers Major League Baseball for Sankei Sports. "They're saying, 'He is not a patriot."'
Matsui, whose presence would have raised the value of the WBC's Asia bracket, worked out at the Yankees' minor-league complex yesterday. He seemed typically unfazed by this controversy. "If my popularity goes down, then it goes down," he said through his interpreter, Roger Kahlon. "It's beyond my control."
Less than three hours earlier, a more animated Alex Rodriguez had spoken at Legends Field, expressing frustration about how his WBC-heavy offseason proceeded. A-Rod believes his own indecisiveness was exacerbated by media leaks from baseball's leadership, which desperately wanted the MVP to play.
Amazing, isn't it? This event was supposed to generate so much goodwill for the sport, expand it globally, add some juice to a relatively quiet time. Instead, it has stirred up tensions every which way - owner versus commissioner, owner versus player, player versus his own country, player versus his own union.
Matsui's case ranks as particularly odious. When asked if Bud Selig and the Players Association pressured him to play, the leftfielder responded diplomatically, saying, "It's not really pressure. It was more a request for me to be part of the tournament."
But as Kahlon translated the question to Matsui and Matsui answered in Japanese, the Yankees' adviser for Japanese media relations, Isao Hirooka, smiled at the questioner and nodded affirmatively. His clear implication: Was Matsui pressured? Absolutely.
The union's pitch to Matsui, endorsed by MLB, was: You owe us. [newsday]
super attractive cardinals st photos here
and where's a frowny emoticon when i need it:
When the early Redbirds with bats hit the Cardinals' spring training cages Wednesday for some swings, all but one took turns serving pitches to his teammates. His throws, he explained, have too much movement.
Too much sink. Too much run.
All of the movement that made him so tantalizing as a pitcher, so frustrated when he couldn't harness it, makes Rick Ankiel's tosses too wily for BP. He's happier hitting anyway. [stl post dispatch]
Labels: birds on bat
as if organized youth baseball isn't rife with assholery as it is, between overzealous parents living vicariously through their kids and hypercompetitive coaches sucking the joy out of playing a game.
way to go, grown ups who should know better.
found at the source of goodness and light that is the nomaas message board
The Lowell Spinners, Class A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are very excited to announce they have begun the process of eliminating Yankee teams in youth baseball around New England and replacing them with Lowell Spinners teams.
Red Sox fans understand how devastating it can be for any child to be on a Yankees youth baseball team in New England. The Spinners have heard stories first-hand of children actually crying and refusing to play if they have to play for the Yankees. The Spinners believe they have found an answer to the problem.
“When you are a kid playing baseball it is pure fun and worrying about what team you are on should be the least of your concerns,” said Tim Bawmann, General Manager of the Spinners. “It becomes an issue where kids are devastated when they find out they are on the Yankees. Many kids actually pray they will not be on the Yankees when the rosters and teams are announced.
“We figured the easiest and best solution was replace those Yankee teams with the Spinners, who are part of the Boston Red Sox system. We would like to make a point that this promotion is all in good fun and is merely meant to appeal to Red Sox Nation in New England.”[spinners press release]
because new england children who are fans of other baseball teams don't count!
one more for the list of 986 billion reasons to be proud of our little captain:
Oh kittens, do I love me some Derek Jeter! Hot, right? I mean, even die-hard Red Sox fan Caroline Kepnes has to admit the dude is smokin'.
And apparently, whatcha see is--grab some condoms!--whatcha get. Yes, kittens, you might want to cross your legs and put your earmuffs on for this dish.
Penthouse party. Vegas. Like way late in the night or early in the morning, whichever def you fancy.
A de-lish P-Pet comes waltzing out, all bedhead. She shrieks: "Damn, my [bleep!] is [bleeping!] sore! Derek Jeter just [bleeped!] me for, like, eight hours." [the awful truth]
the yankees had enough of him and no one else wanted him either, so let's bring him beck for a few weeks for nostalgia's sake, already
? look mel, just stand over there, make sure joe's tea is hot, and don't talk to anybody and i think everybody'll be okay.
Mel Stottlemyre, who retired following the end of last season because he was tired of the second-guessing coming out of Tampa, will be coming to Yankee spring training in a celebrity coaching capacity, The Post has learned. [ny post]
meeting of the minds
because i can completely see this happening.
Johnny Damon enters an empty golf course, freckled with golden tees. A cold wind blows. He stands, waiting. A turtlenecked figure emerges from the shadows.... [platooned]