Monday stuff

Here’s the rundown of what made Monday…well, Monday.

  • A-Rod pulled off the ultimate double play Sunday night — he thought himself above receiving an award from Hank Aaron, for God’s sake, and then his agent went on, during the middle of World Series Game 4, and announced he was leaving the Yankees. Ridiculous, classless, and just putrid. I would say it was clearly all about the money for him, but something tells me he won’t get the kind of money he wants but in a few select places outside of New York, and I’m willing to bet Boston is not going to be one of those places. A-Rod may be a great player, but I’ve lost a lot of respect for him.
  • Frank Wren’s first trade as GM of the Braves was a smart one: Edgar Renteria to the Tigers for starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens (try typing THAT three times fast!) and a minor leaguer. The Braves may miss Renteria’s bat in the short term, but Yunel Escobar is more than capable of getting things going for the Braves, and is a stellar defensive player to boot; the fact that they got a starting pitcher and were able to unload salary really sweetens the deal.
  • One more baseball thing, and I’m leaving it alone: I like the choice of Joe Girardi for the Yankees. He’s a proven manager that got improbable results from a team that should have, on paper, lost 100 games. I just hope the Steinbrenners back off him and let him run the team — Joe Girardi’s style is not to be a yes man. He’s a baseball man, with great baseball sense. (And if Joba Chamberlain is starting next year instead of setting up for Mariano Rivera, we’ll know who has the true control in the Bronx.)
  • Damn shame what happened in North Carolina. It bothers the heck out of me to see seven people lose their lives, period.
  • According to last.fm, I listened to Journey 138 times last week. Slowly, but surely, I am becoming Steve Perry.
  • My Facebook requests are just out of control. Exhibit A:
    OMG!  Facebook Requests!!
  • No, I’m not sure when I’ll get to culling through those. Because I’m sure by the time I do, I’ll have some request to install another spammy app. I think Facebook needs to find a way to clamp down a bit.
  • Less than a month to Thanksgiving break. I can hardly contain my excitement…I need it.
  • If there was any doubt that it’s fall, I’m sure your doubt was put to rest this morning when you went outside to upper 40s temperatures and a stiff northeast wind dipping windchills into the 30s. On a side note, I’d love to have filmed a bunch of the people who, as usual, did not wear anything remotely close to appropriate for the weather, and superimpose an old Weather Channel logo over their suffering with the “You Need Us, The Weather Channel, For Everything You Do” theme from 1986 playing in the background. I would laugh for hours. I’m not sure about you, but I sure would.

To bed with me…

2 thoughts on “Monday stuff

  1. Patrick

    Hey Jared,

    Boras leaking the news was no doubt a terrible, terrible move. I do think that he has certainly limited his options. I mean, you look at the top 3 payrolls last year, assuming he’ll stay at 3B (which makes sense). If the Yankees are out, then you have the Red Sox. Their 3B was just the World Series MVP, so you’d think he’ll be back. Then you have the Mets, they have David Wright. With the 4th payroll, you have the Angels, who could certainly use him, but whose owner has said that placing that high a percentage of your payroll in one player is bad business.

    Honestly, I do like A-Rod (generally speaking) and I wished we would have had him back. And maybe it might still happen. But, the only case where that would be is if Boras simply overestimated the market here and he comes crawling back to the Yankees, accepting less than what he would have made under the deal he opted out of ($27 million a year). Is that gonna happen? Boras is the top of his field, so you have to think he has a very good idea that it won’t. But, hey, I’d like to see it.

    Regarding Joba, I’m not too sure that I would put much into that, just because Joba is a starter. He’s not a failed starter, but a starter and that’s where his greatest potential value will be for us, if he’s the starter he’s supposed to be. A dominant starter is worth more than a dominant setup man (in innings and salary) and we have to look at him in that light because that’s what he’s always been bred as and that’s what he is.

    If he fails as a starter, then we can take a look at him as a setup man, but it’s easier to go from starter to setup than from setup to starter. Last year, he was able to be a setup because he’d already logged the innings he needed in the minors.

    I wanted Donnie. Watching Torre and Donnie go to LA is a punch in the gut. But, I also believed that all 3 candidates would make decent choices (Girardi, Donnie and Pena), so I’m not really disappointed in getting Girardi.

    Regarding the temperature, yeah, it was funny as my brothers came down to my room (I’m on the bottom floor of 3) and we re in pants and longsleeve shirts saying how cold it was. I’m in shorts and a shortsleee shirt. I have a higher tolerance, I think, but also, it’s warmer down stairs because of the associated technologies. ;)

    Patrick

  2. Patrick

    Hey Jared,

    Boras leaking the news was no doubt a terrible, terrible move. I do think that he has certainly limited his options. I mean, you look at the top 3 payrolls last year, assuming he’ll stay at 3B (which makes sense). If the Yankees are out, then you have the Red Sox. Their 3B was just the World Series MVP, so you’d think he’ll be back. Then you have the Mets, they have David Wright. With the 4th payroll, you have the Angels, who could certainly use him, but whose owner has said that placing that high a percentage of your payroll in one player is bad business.

    Honestly, I do like A-Rod (generally speaking) and I wished we would have had him back. And maybe it might still happen. But, the only case where that would be is if Boras simply overestimated the market here and he comes crawling back to the Yankees, accepting less than what he would have made under the deal he opted out of ($27 million a year). Is that gonna happen? Boras is the top of his field, so you have to think he has a very good idea that it won’t. But, hey, I’d like to see it.

    Regarding Joba, I’m not too sure that I would put much into that, just because Joba is a starter. He’s not a failed starter, but a starter and that’s where his greatest potential value will be for us, if he’s the starter he’s supposed to be. A dominant starter is worth more than a dominant setup man (in innings and salary) and we have to look at him in that light because that’s what he’s always been bred as and that’s what he is.

    If he fails as a starter, then we can take a look at him as a setup man, but it’s easier to go from starter to setup than from setup to starter. Last year, he was able to be a setup because he’d already logged the innings he needed in the minors.

    I wanted Donnie. Watching Torre and Donnie go to LA is a punch in the gut. But, I also believed that all 3 candidates would make decent choices (Girardi, Donnie and Pena), so I’m not really disappointed in getting Girardi.

    Regarding the temperature, yeah, it was funny as my brothers came down to my room (I’m on the bottom floor of 3) and we re in pants and longsleeve shirts saying how cold it was. I’m in shorts and a shortsleee shirt. I have a higher tolerance, I think, but also, it’s warmer down stairs because of the associated technologies. ;)

    Patrick

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