Coward Old Universe…

by Jeremy G.

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What’s wrong with baseball (and the world) today

Posted by Jeremy Ghez on October 30, 2007

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What would be worse on a Sunday night?  Watching the Red Sox win a World Series, or listening to a History Channel Documentary on Nostradamus that explains how we are all going to die?

Yes, I agree: Watching the Red Sox win, and thinking they’re so great, is probably worse.   And as if that wasn’t enough, we got a cherry on the cake, with Alex Rodriguez opting out of his contract, probably because he thinks he’s worth more $252 million dollars.  In his humble opinion, of course.

Question: Can anyone tell me what Rodriguez has achieved as a team member of the Yankees?  You can think about the big numbers and the solid regular season performances.  But you can’t think of the clutch play.  Because the truth of the matter is that Rodriguez is not a team player, is obsessive about his individual numbers – will he eeevvvver beat another humble player, Barry Bonds? – and can’t seem to understand that not winning a World Series and performing as poorly as he did in the post-season is a perfect failure.  Hank Aaron’s humility is a distant memory in this theater…

Rodriguez is by no means the only person responsible for the Yankees’ poor performance, but he’s certainly not helping.   In theory, Rodriguez thinks he’s a good-looking, popular hero.  In reality, he’s another talented self-centered athlete who has no idea what it means to be a winner.  That’s why he has never won and never will win a World Series. 

That’s why I’m grateful to the Yankee organization who has made it clear that Rodriguez will not be back in New York next year – maybe then we will have a chance of winning.  And an additional consolation resides in the fact that not many teams can contend for Rodriguez, but Boston can.  And if the Red Sox do sign Rodriguez, this bodes ill for their winning streak…

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