Since I haven’t posted since the Yankees were eliminated from the postseason, I figured I’d muse about a few matters pertaining to our boys in pinstripes.
A-Rod Goes on Fox
When I heard he was joining the crew in the studio for the pre- and post-game shows during the World Series, I was wary. Yes, he’s long been viewed as knowledgeable about the sport. And yes, he was a model citizen during the Yankees’ season, even a candidate for the Comeback Player of the Year (he ended up losing to Prince Fielder). But a commentator during baseball’s golden moment? The same guy that sued baseball? Well, surprise: A-Rod was the star of the show. He was not only knowledgeable but articulate, even amusing, particularly when he was self-mocking. And his conversations with Pete Rose, another reprobate, were kind of great. I guess he has a TV career after he retires from the game, if he wants it.
The Royals Win the World Series
I was thrilled that they won. Nothing against the Mets, who played well enough to get to the WS, a mighty accomplishment in itself. But the Royals came up short last year, so I was rooting for them to go all the way this time. And they did with their usual combination of athleticism (hitting, running, fielding), team work (you never get the sense that they’re a bunch of divas), starting pitching as well as a terrific bullpen and a never-give-up spirit that was in evidence whenever they were behind in games and came back and won anyway. Kudos to them. They once again made me realize that unless the Yankees get younger and more athletic, they won’t win a championship. The game is no longer about standing at the plate and swinging for the fences. It’s about manufacturing runs. The Royals did that and more.
CC Explains His Alcoholism
He went on “Good Morning America” and talked about his addiction for the first time since leaving the Silver Hill rehab facility. Sad story. I felt his pain as he described his binge weekend alone in his hotel room in Baltimore, his attempts to control his drinking, his hopes for a sober future. He said he’s had a drinking problem for three years, which begs the question about the affect on his pitching. Who knows. I wish him and his family well. It won’t be easy for any of them going forward.
Free Agents Declare That They’re Ready to Relocate
Will the Yankees pony up for Price, Greinke, etc etc? I know the money will be exorbitant, but we seriously need another starter. Luis Severino was a revelation in his rookie season, but a proven arm is essential too. Will Hal turn Cashman loose and give this team a real shot to win or are we looking at a bargain-basement type of acquisition? My inquiring mind wants to know.
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