Today was still relatively slow, but a few things worth mentioning happened.
Apparently the Yankees want to talk extension with A-Rod now, but he and Boras want to wait til the end of the season. They claim it's because it would be selfish to focus on his contract when the team needs wins so badly and etc. Let me tell you what it really means. The Yankees probably want to re-up with A-Rod for somewhere around $25 million per. If he hits the market with the numbers he's putting up now, someone will pay him another $200 million dollars. There's no doubt about that. Boras is looking for at least $30 mil a year. Who could blame him? He does get a percentage. I'm not saying A-Rod isn't worth $30 mil a year, but the Yankees are not going to give him that much considering they've not gotten to the World Series with him. It's just not going to happen. They need to go back to playing the way they did when they were winning World Series and that means developing players and not overpaying center fielder's who throw like girls (Johnny Damon) The payroll is like $200 million dollars which isn't much considering the franchise is worth over a billion, but still. They might not even make the playoffs this year (that will hurt bad) Even though the injuries and the pitching have been the main reasons for the Yankees demise, they can't justify paying A-Rod $30 million per if they don't get into the post season. Aside from the financial aspect of it, Alex isn't tough enough to play out the rest of his career in New York; at least not in the Bronx. He might be able to make it on that other team, but his skin isn't thick enough to be a Yankee for the long haul. He takes everything so damn personal and I really don't know why he won't just snap and tell everyone to kiss his ass! His numbers stack up against anyone in the game today, yet he's one of the most scrutinized players in the league. It makes no sense. Now, as a Yankee fan I'm guilty of criticizing A-Rod, but it's only during the post season when he bats like .150 or something piss poor like that. Yankees fans have World Series aspirations every April. If the Yankees aren't in the World Series most Yankee fans don't give a damn who is! It's just that simple. We look at the regular season as a tune up for the real season. Like we always say, baseball is a summer sport everywhere except the Bronx. That's just how we get down. A-Rod has to understand that we don't give a damn if he hits 100 home runs in the regular season if he doesn't hit any in October when it matters most. We are somewhat aware of the fact that without those regular season home runs we probably wouldn't be in the post season, but we still don't care! Are we a bit unrealistic? Maybe. Yes. That's just how it is and how it's going to be. I happen to like A-Rod and I'll root for him when he's playing for the Giants or the Angels or the Cubs next year. Hopefully he will have led us to a World Series before he leaves.
Ichiro is on the verge of signing a $100 million extension with Seattle and the Florida Marlins president thinks it's a joke. http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/mlb_experts/post/Five-and-Fly-Apocalypse-prediction?urn=mlb,39045 Hey I know Ichiro is 30 something, but look at what other players are getting paid and you can't be mad at him. Say what you want about the Marlins and how cheap they are and how they keep blowing up the team and how they don't have any fans at the games and etc. It's all true, but they've won 2 championships in the past 10 years, so occasionally they get it right. In reality though they should be ashamed of themselves considering all the money they get off revenue sharing because of teams like the Yankees. And they are always hollering broke! I'm just sayin.
Mark Cuban wants to buy those loveable losing Cubs.
Dwight Howard got an $85 million extension from the Magic. When he adds more to his offensive game than just dunks, he's going to be a game changer.
Derek Fisher is going back to the Lakers. At least he knows the triangle offense.
Apparently Big Papi has been playing with a torn meniscus. They should sit him, we don't want him to injure himself any further and have to miss the rest of the season! (wink)