First things first, last night's opening game of the ALCS:
Tigers: 5 A's: 1 I'm hesitant to get happy about this game, as my happiness tends to curse my teams. And since I, like any self-respecting Angels fan, hate the A's, seeing their ace get shelled off the mound was particularly nice. In last night's game the momentum of beating the Yankees certainly carried over, and in the (urban Oakland) jungle, the Tigers did NOT sleep last night. A-Weema-Weh.
Now that that's over, it's time once again for...
That's right, kiddies! You thought I'd slipped and forgotten about my "If he blows it, he will come" predictions and hopes that, if A-Rod and the Yankees folded like Japanese tissue paper in the playoffs, Anaheim Stadium would appear in a vision to Alex Rodriguez with a big cornfield instead of the outfield bleachers.
Well, that was blown away yesterday in this article at SI.com where Brian Cashman (the GM of the Yankees) said "I fully expect [Rodriguez] to be here." That puts an end to all that, right?
Not so fast. Again from SI, an article quoting a few "unnamed sources"says exactly the opposite. And while yesterday's announcement that Torre will be back as the Yankees manager next year seems truthful enough, there was something about the A-Rod announcement that seemed quite political in nature, much like the doublespeak that comes out of the White House every day. And it's funny that SI.com has this article right above the "No trade for A-Rod" article. Of course, allow me to strut prematurely as you look at which team is #1 on that list for Rodriguez.
I just don't see how Rodriguez could go back to New York and fit in. The city and the team have really shot themselves in the foot on this one, and have made it a situation where Rodriguez really cannot win. And I'm more willing to believe unnamed sources than the spin coming out of the GM's office. This doesn't mean that the Halos are gonna have a new #3 on the roster, but it certainly looks like things is less joy in Mudville than they'd have you believe.
Thank you, come again!
"The Chicago White Sox have agreed to start weeknight home games at 7:11 p.m. under a sponsorship deal struck with the convenience store chain known for its Slurpee frozen drinks, the team announced Wednesday."
It's gonna be tough to fit "Nahasapeemapetilon" on the back of a jersey, isn't it?