It is weird starting off a
post without talking about the Yankees, but I was shocked to see Major League
Baseball announce that they are taking over the Los Angeles Dodgers. They apparently will appoint a trustee to
oversee all aspect of the organization, including the day-to-day operations. The Dodgers have been a mess since the
divorce between Frank and Jamie McCourt became public. It’s too bad because the Dodgers were playing
toe-to-toe with the Philadelphia Phillies when the divorce fiasco began.
Most likely, this will lead
to the eventual sale of the franchise so I hope that the next owner of the
Dodgers will bring the stability and the passion that the team sorely
needs. There is something wrong in the
world when one of the most storied franchises in baseball becomes a daily
tabloid soap opera.
The Dodgers situation
definitely makes me grateful that George Steinbrenner set up the succession of
power prior to his demise. For years, it
seemed as though neither Hank or Hal had any interest in running the
Yankees. For a time, it appeared that
the next managing general partner of the Yankees might be one of his daughter’s
husbands. Given the subsequent divorces
they’ve experienced, I am so glad that they weren’t given the reigns only to
have the organization muddled in a divorce situation. So, if anything else, I hope that Hal loves his
wife and she loves him. Let’s keep the
Yankees in the Steinbrenner family for generations to come.
Speaking of the Dodgers, I
saw that Donnie Baseball turned 50 today.
Both Donnie and I were born in the same year so my turn will be
following shortly. It doesn’t seem that
long ago that I was watching a game where the Yankees first baseman #23 was
celebrating his 23rd birthday while playing a game. I can still see that game in my mind. The Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 behind
Ron Guidry. Mattingly was 3-for-4. It’s funny how that game sticks out in my
memory. Perhaps it was because it was
the year of his number. Whatever the
reason, I wish the Dodgers skipper a very happy and memorable 50th
Tonight, the Yankees beat the
Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 behind the great pitching performance of Bartolo
Colon. I have been a Colon naysayer
since the Yankees signed him but it was a great first start. I am concerned about his ability to sustain
it over the course of the season, but the guy definitely knows how to
pitch. This is not the same guy that
failed during his days in Boston.
Admittedly, I don’t want to go into October with Colon as the #3
starter, but for now, he is exactly what the doctor ordered.
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The stat that really stands
out to me about tonight’s game is Curtis Granderson‘s sixth home run of
April. I am very excited that he has
continued the great progress that he’s made in pinstripes. His early tenure was painful but he’s become
a force in the outfield. Given the
questions with Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher, it is great to see so hats off
to the Grandy Man!
Now if Derek Jeter could
just start hitting…
I was disappointed to see no resolution for the Albert Pujols contract
negotiations with the St. Louis Cardinals.
With the passing of Albert’s deadline, we’ll have to tolerate an entire
season of discussion regarding Albert’s future before the contract negotiations
resume after the season. I may be a
die-hard Yankees fan, but I have no desire to see Albert play his career
anywhere except St. Louis.
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I really thought that the Cardinals organization would have put forth a
highly competitive offer prior to the deadline.
It really makes me wonder why the Cardinals would invest $8 million in
former Yankee Lance Berkman who has clearly seen his better days rather than
look for a less expensive option with similar production to invest the Berkman
dollars toward the re-signing of Pujols.
I realize that $8 million for one year is insignificant in terms of what
it would take to sign Pujols over 10 years but there are ways the organization
could subsidize the contract without sacrificing the team’s play-off
If Albert does become a free agent after the season, I agree with those
that say the Chicago Cubs would make a very strong play for the future Hall of
Famer. Nothing against the Cubs, but I’d
hate to see that happen. It’s not unlike
Brett Favre and his decision to play for the Minnesota Vikings after a Hall of
Fame career with the Green Bay Packers.
Granted, they were separated by Favre’s one year in New York with the
Jets but his decision to play for the Vikings did adversely impact the way he
is viewed by the Packers fans. Perhaps
Favre will be able to salvage a relationship with the Packers fans but he’ll
never hold the stature of former Packer QB Bart Starr or current Green Bay QB
Aaron Rodgers now that he has won a Super Bowl in Green Bay. Albert deserves an untarnished legacy and he
should be remembered the way that Stan Musial is when his playing days are
over. Hopefully, the Cardinals
organization will use the days and months between now and the end of the season
to sharpen their pencil…
I wish reliever Neal Cotts the best of luck in his attempt to come back
from injuries. The Yankees released him
today after reviewing the results of his physical. I had hoped Cotts would experience a re-birth
under his former pitching coach, Larry Rothschild, but it was not meant to
be. Hopefully, this does not mean the
end of Cotts career but wherever he goes and whatever he does, I wish him the
I had hoped that reliever Brian Schlitter would clear waivers and return
to Yankees camp but he was selected by the Yankees latest nemesis, the
Philadelphia Phillies. Losing Schlitter
wasn’t so bad since he probably would not have found a spot in the bullpen, but
losing him to the Phillies was bittersweet.
It used to be that my second favorite is any team that beats the Boston
Red Sox. My new second favorite team is
now any team that beats the Phillies. In
a Phillies-Red Sox World Series, I would pull for Boston and that’s something
that I thought I’d never do…
Personally, I want a Yankees-Dodgers World Series! A Bay Area resident, I am withdrawing my NL support for the Giants and aligning myself with the Don Mattingly-led Dodgers. There is no way that I could root against my baseball idol from younger days…unless he is playing against the Yankees, of course. Granted, I am not crazy about the whole Frank McCourt divorce situation and the Dodgers don’t have the Giants pitching staff but I have faith in Donnie Baseball…