Results tagged ‘ Willie Mays ’

Looking forward to A-Rod’s “Going Away” Party!…

 

He’s a fraud but wait for the hearing…

My position on Alex Rodriguez has not changed.  I do not like A-Rod, the player, and I do not respect “A-Fraud”, the man.  I am anxious for him to begin serving his suspension as he represents everything that is wrong about baseball.  But I have to side with those who think the actions of Ryan Dempster to throw at A-Rod in a recent Red Sox-Yankees game was wrong.  The players do not have the right to be the judge, jury and executioner.  There is a process and A-Fraud is properly following his right to appeal.  It is unfortunate that an actual hearing is so far off, but it is what it is.  At the end of the day, A-Fraud will be suspended and he’ll be banned from games while those currently serving their 50-game suspensions have returned and hopefully have learned from their past mistakes.

Each day that A-Fraud plays, it sickens me.  It bothers me that with each home run, he inches ever so closely to the great Willie Mays in career home run totals.  A-Fraud will never be the man that Willie Mays is, and I will never recognize A-Fraud as a better home run hitter or player for that matter than Mays.  Alex Rodriguez is where he is in career stats because he cheated.  He was fortunate that the rules of baseball, at least those written, did not prohibit him from his actions for the majority of his younger days.  But morally, he was wrong then and legally, he is wrong now.

I am not sure what the 2014 Yankees will look like with A-Fraud on the sidelines (assuming that he serves his full 211-game suspension).  But then again, that’s for GM Brian Cashman and the Steinbrenner family to figure out.  As much as I wanted him to succeed, Kevin Youkilis is not the answer.  Maybe as a role player, but not as the starting third baseman.  The Yankees are in trouble if they are forced to use a mix of Jayson Nix and Eduardo Nunez.

The Boston Red Sox got better quickly because they were able to blow up the roster and unload some heavy, excess baggage.  The Yankees really need to do the same thing, but of course, the opportunity may not be there.  I am not sure that 2013 has been Brian Cashman’s best year, and it’s always possible that the Steinbrenner family moves in a different direction this off-season.  Cashman’s inability to bring anything more than cast-off’s from other rosters to the team could be directly the fault of the Steinbrenners.  But they are not going to sever ways with themselves.  It would not surprise me at all to see Cashman in some place like Seattle next season.

I’ve missed Soriano’s excitement…

Alfonso Soriano may look and act like an old man next season, but for this season, he has been one of the few bright spots.  I have enjoyed to see his resurgence in the Bronx, and he is very deserving of the accolades that he has received.  While I want to see Soriano back next season, it is time for the organization to begin making some hard decisions on the older players.  Plus, they need to “fatten” CC Sabathia back up again (okay, just kidding, but there might to something to the belief that the change in weight has adversely impacted his mechanics).  I don’t think there is an easy solution on how to re-build the Yankees quickly.  There are too many holes and not enough major league ready talent in the farm system.

The Yankees should be free to catch the season premiere of “The Walking Dead”…

I still do not believe the Yankees will make the play-offs this year.  The hill is too steep and they just do not have the pieces to pull off a September charge to chase down the other wild card contenders.  As I wrote this post, the Yankees lost to the team that they have generally beaten this season, the Toronto Blue Jays.  The Jays were up 6-0 after 2 innings so it was clear that it was not going to be their night.  But it was worse that the Yankees had arguably their best pitcher on the mound in Hiroki Kuroda.  This game is a microcosm of the season.  The Yankees have built too large of a hole to overcome.

 

–Scott

 

 

 

A Little A-Rod Goes A Long Ways…

 

A “Half Day Off” works…

 

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With the installation of Alex Rodriguez at DH last night, Joe Girardi coined the term “half day off” when describing A-Rod’s temporary switch from third.  The result?  Very good, as evidenced by the towering two-run homer to dead center in the 6th to cap the scoring in the Yankees’ 4-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

 

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The homer came after Ken Griffey, Jr. had tied the score at 2 in the top half of the inning with his 621st career home run.  Griffey has now hit home runs in 44 stadiums, and trails only Sammy Sosa (by one stadium).

 

 

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A-Rod’s home run was the 566th of his career, and he trails Rafael Palmeiro by 3 for 10th place on the All-Time HR List.  According to the Elias Sports Bureau (per The New York Times), the last time a game featured home runs by two players with at least 550 career home runs was May 8, 1971.  On that date, the Atlanta Braves defeated the San Francisco Giants, 5-2, at Candlestick Park.  The Say Hey Kid, Willie Mays, hit one out in the 6th to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.  Hank Aaron responded with a three-run shot in the 8th as the Braves scored 5 runs to take the game.

 

Hank Aaron and Willie Mays dominated their eras. (Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery / Getty Images)

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A-Rod has been re-energized since the forced days off last weekend.  In his last 7 games, he is batting .435 (10-for-23), with 4 HR’s, 13 RBI’s, and 10 walks.  It is a huge contrast to the lethargic A-Rod we had seen in the weeks prior to the time off. 

“There’s no question I feel more energetic,” A-Rod said. “The swing only comes if you feel you have fuel in the tank.”

 

To the delight of Yankee Stadium fans, Alex Rodriguez rounds third after his two-run, six-inning broke a 2-2 tie and proved to be the difference in the Yanks' 4-2 win over the Mariners on Wednesday. (JIM McISSAC / Getty Images)

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Andy Pettitte, who struggled in earlier home starts at the new Stadium, was very effective, and picked up his 8th win of the season.  With Andy, you are never quite sure what you are going to get, but he managed to overcome the loss of two leads and persevered to get the win.  It seems as though he has finally learned how to pitch in the new Stadium.  His numbers at home had been significantly worse than his road stats.  He recognizes that the hits and homers will happen, but his job is to limit the damage and keep his team in the game.  It’s a skill that Andy is very good at…

 

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Johnny Damon had started the scoring with a home run of his own during the 3rd inning.

 

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Melky Cabrera also added a solo shot in the 5th, which stood upon completion of a video replay by the officials. 

 

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The Yankees have now won seven games in a row, and remain 2 ½ games behind the Boston Red Sox.  While the Yanks didn’t gain any ground on the Red Sox, they did pick up a game on the hard charging Tampa Bay Rays.  The Rays’ seven-game winning streak was snapped in a 5-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

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In a down note, it has been determined, as expected, that Xavier Nady does need reconstructive elbow surgery.  Everyone is saying positive words of encouragement, but it will be a long, uphill battle for Nady.  This will be Nady’s second Tommy John surgery.  It will be performed next Wednesday, and the recovery time is generally 10-12 months.  Our hearts go out to Nady.  He’s been the consummate team guy and I hope he’ll be playing on the ball field again soon.

 

 

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