Friday, April 6, 2007
Friday Morning Thoughts
Good Good Friday everyone! If you haven't yet, be sure you watch The Passion of the Christ today! And, have yourself a Happy Easter weekend! I will be heading out of town shortly and won't be back until Monday afternoon.
I just saw on Jim Mandelaro's blog that today's Rochester Opening Night has already been postponed because there is snow and ice in the stadium. That's too bad. Hopefully Beloit and New Britain will be able to get their games in. Otherwise they might as well have stayed in Ft. Myers for another week!
Josh Taylor has posted his Rochester Red Wings Preview, so check that out.
Listening to Baseball This Morning on XM satellite radio and they had a two part discussion on Alex Rodriguez and his relationship with the fans in NY. The boos are constant and ridiculous. He was booed when he had an error in Game 1. He was booed when he popped out with a couple of runners on in the 8th with the team down by a run. It is horrible. Yes, he is the highest paid player in baseball, and with that comes a certain amount of responsibility. The responsibility is to play hard, to be a team player, and to produce. He has done all of those things along with switching positions and being a solid human being and a great role model. And yet, the boos. Some Yankees fans say it is because he is the highest paid player in baseball. Well, all of the Yankees veterans are high paid. But, if it comes down to how much the Yankees are paying A-Rod, he is not the highest paid Yankee (because the Rangers are still paying a significant portion of his salary). Some say it is because he is not a "Yankee" and that he did not come up through the system. Well, neither did Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, Mike Mussina and Bobby Abreu (a great, high paid player who also came up with less than two outs and a runner on third with the Yankees down by a run and could not drive in the run). Derek Jeter is a media darling, and that is fine. He is a Yankee, he has won with the Yankees and he is a Hall of Fame caliber player. But he is not perfect either. Finally, many fans will talk about how he has not hit during the playoffs the last two years. True, and a fact that A-Rod himself has admitted. But the playoffs are such a small sample size. But even if you follow that as a Yankees fan, then why boo A-Rod in the third game of the regular season... you know, if the regular season and what he does in it really don't matter?
Alright, I must pack and leave, but again, have a Great Easter weekend, and feel free to e-mail me or leave Comments below. Thank you!
Oh... and Happy Birthday to Bert Blyleven today... you know, in case he doesn't mention it on the TV broadcast tonight!
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