THE PITCHFORKS ARE HOISTED. The stakes are covered in lighter fluid. At some point today, it appears, Alex Rodriguez will be suspended for a very long time.
Many will cheer…nobody more loudly than the Yankees and their fans.
And that, my friends, is what makes this situation different than any other I can remember. The star player’s employer WANTS him gone. Season ticket holders of the team won’t cry foul; they will CELEBRATE the loss of A-Rod and the salary flexibility that is gained by his absence.
The Yanks are about to get off easy, guys. They signed A-Rod to a ridiculous contract — they were the only ones who either wanted to or had the means to– and they’re going to recover much of it. Their brief period of penny pinching, prompted in large part by the bad A-Rod contract that pushed them well into luxury tax territory, will come to an end. They’ll be able to field rosters Yankees fans are accustomed to.
It’s enough to make others — oh, let’s say Orioles fans — wonder what they really want to see here. Because the Yankees have actually done VERY well given their circumstances this year. They’re probably not going to make the postseason, but they’re 57-53, and that’s way better than I thought they’d be. Consider the players who have started the most games at each position for the Yankees this year:
C Chris Stewart
1B Lyle Overbay
2B Robinson Cano
3B Jayson Nix
SS Eduardo Nunez
LF Vernon Wells
CF Brett Gardner
DH Travis Hafner
Next year’s lineup will look more Yankee-like. Not just because of guys coming back from injuries, but also because they will be free of the A-Rod albatross. You wonder if Angels owner Artie Moreno is giving Albert Pujols the number of every Biogenesis clinic in the nation. “Go ahead, big fella. Make the call. What have you got to lose?”
The NCAA reportedly is investigating whether Johnny Manziel committed a violation by profiting off his signature. Sigh. What football needs is not colleges paying players. What football needs is a new pro league to sprout up that allows players to play for them right out of high school. That way, the superstars with no interest in education can go make some money for three years before going to the NFL. Kids who think a scholarship is a good enough deal (and there are many; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise) can go to college.
-Berman spotlights ACC favorite Clemson in the latest in our series on conference teams outside the commonwealth.
-Kasey Kahne makes a late pass on Jeff Gordon to win at Pocono.
-Tiger Woods wins the Bridgestone Invitational by seven strokes.
-The Salem Red Sox open a six-game homestand at 7 tonight.
DUMB JOKE OF THE DAY
Courtesy of this site.
Guy walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under arm. Says to the bartender: “I’ll take a beer, and one for the road.”
GOLDEN ERA SIMPSONS TRIVIA
Finish Homer’s sentence in the Season 5 episode where he becomes a teacher.
Homer (wearing a leather jacket): “Look everyone. Now that I’m a teacher, I’ve sewed patches on my elbows.”
Marge: “Homer, that’s supposed to be leather patches on a tweed blazer, not the other way around. You’ve ruined a perfectly good jacket.”
Homer: “Uh…incorrect, Marge. [FILL IN THE BLANK].”