Meltdown In NYC …………..

Meltdown In NYC

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Los Angeles Angels . Well it did and game one resulted in a 4-1 loss, with the Angels being their own worse enemy. For some reason they succumbed to the New York Yankees and their ace, C.C Sabathia . The Yankees’ ace pitched a tremendous game ( 8 innings) with an era of 1.125 . And for the Yankee we’ve come to love, hate or perhaps even despise , as in Alex Rodriguez . Well the Yankees’ third baseman revved up his production and prove that his exploits this postseason hasn’t been an aberration,

Yankees'   pitcher   C C  Sabathia  throws  to  first  base  for the  first  out  of the   game .    The  Yankees'  ace   would   go  on  to  pitch   8  stunning  innings   giving   up   just  one  earned  run  over the  course  of    his   spell.    Closer    Mariano   River   would  get  the    three   final  outs  of  the  game   on  the  way  to  the  Yankees  defeating   the  Angles   4-1  in  game 1 of  the  ALCS  .        picture  appears courtesy  of  getty  images/  Jim  McIsaac  ...................
Yankees' pitcher C C Sabathia throws to first base for the first out of the game . The Yankees' ace would go on to pitch 8 stunning innings giving up just one earned run over the course of his spell. Closer Mariano River would get the three final outs of the game on the way to the Yankees defeating the Angles 4-1 in game 1 of the ALCS . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jim McIsaac ...................

Angels’ coach Mike Sciocscia wasn’t at a loss to explain the loss as he was succinct in his explanation. “ We just couldn’t hit and CC pitched a tremendous game” said Sciocsia. And then to top it all, the Yankees then throw in Mariano Rivera to close out the game. And as we know ‘The Sandman’ rarely fails to close out a game in the postseason. The Yankees with their fans in tow , now look to go 2-0 up with the second game of the ALCS set to be played at the News Yankees Stadium . If nothing else this postseason has taught us that the guys in pinstripes are back to where their fans feel they rightfully belong. And that’s back atop of the ’food chain of the baseball world’ .

Yankees'  releiver  Mariano  River   pitches  in  the  ninth  inning  of  game  1  on  the  ALCS  against  the   Los  Angeles  Angels   at  Yankees  Stadium  in  New York  City , New  York.    The  Yankees   would  go  on   to defeat  the  Angels   4-1,  to take  1-0   lead  in  the  best  of    seven  game  seriesd.    picture appears  courtesy  of   mlb/getty  images/   Rich  Pilling  .......................
Yankees' releiver Mariano River pitches in the ninth inning of game 1 on the ALCS against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankees Stadium in New York City , New York. The Yankees would go on to defeat the Angels 4-1, to take 1-0 lead in the best of seven game seriesd. picture appears courtesy of mlb/getty images/ Rich Pilling .......................

If there’s a certainty well it’s the fact that the game of baseball needs the Yankees almost just as much as we need air to breathe. Without the Yankees , MLB just can’t get enough of them. It’ll become a ratings’ bonanza should they make it to the World Series in pursuit of their twenty seventh championship. And nothing would be more exciting than a possible series’ matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers . But that would be predicated on the Dodgers overcoming the Philadelphia Phillies . The series between the two NL teams is tied at one game apiece. That particular series is now being tightly contested and the surprise there, is the quality of the pitching of both teams.

Angels' manager  Mike  Sciocscia  hands  the   ball to  relief  pitcher  Jason  Bulger  who  came  on  in   reilief of   starter  John  Lackey     in   the  sixth  inning   of  the  game.       picture  appears  courtesy/mlb/getty images/   Rich  Pilling  .....................
Angels' manager Mike Sciocscia hands the ball to relief pitcher Jason Bulger who came on in reilief of starter John Lackey in the sixth inning of the game. picture appears courtesy/mlb/getty images/ Rich Pilling .....................

The one thing I must say that I’ve began to witness about this Yankees’ team that I hadn’t witnessed prior since their runs of their heydays between the mind nineties through to the end of the millennium . It was the fact that this team had been playing with a great deal of camaraderie . I think that this comes primarily from the additions of Sabathia, Nick Swisher , A. J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira. All of a sudden this team reminds me of the team camaraderie shown when the Yankees were were at the height of their success under then manager , Joe Torre . It was a time when Scott Brosius, Paul O’Neill , Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter led this team on a rallying cry of unprecedented success. The hard part for this present Yankees’ team is living up the success of teams past. And in particular the team of the late nineties through to 2001.

Yankees'  captrain   Derek  Jeter  and   his   teammates   celebrate   after their  4-1   victory  over  the  Los  Angeles  Angels   in  game 1  of  the  ALCS   played  at   Yankees   Stadium i   in the  borough  of  Brooklyn ,  New  York,.    picture appears   courtesy  of   getty images/ Jim McIsaac   ........................
Yankees' captrain Derek Jeter and his teammates celebrate after their 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in game 1 of the ALCS played at Yankees Stadium i in the borough of Brooklyn , New York,. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jim McIsaac ........................

Now under the Joe Girardi regime, we’re now seeing this team trying to rise to the challenge of meeting those famed and fabled achievements. With the exception of baseball clubs such as the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies . The New York Yankees are expected to be viewed as perennial contenders. And though the Yankees are back in the playoffs as AL East champions . The only thing that has ever really mattered is the significance of winning the World Series . To the owners, George Steinbrenner and his family, are clearly averse to losing . Winning is of the essence and it resonates with their fans as well. So, it now bodes well at this juncture , for the team as they set out to win another championship.

Love them or hate them , the Yankees are now here to stay. Make of it what you will .

Mr October ……Blah , Blah , Blah A-Rod Ain’t It !

Mr October …… Blah , Blah , Blah…… A-Rod Ain’t It !

It never surprises me as to the sheer idiocy of many of the sports writers and tv analysts who claim to be intelligent and knowledgeable enough about their sport. Well in the case of Major League Baseball (MLB). All of a sudden the pundits are already lauding over the postseason exploits of the New York Yankees‘ 3rd baseman Alex Rodriguez . Commendable as his exploits have been this postseason. To be making comparisons between A-Rod and another Yankees’ great, Reggie Jackson is as asinine as they come.

Yankees  third  baseman   Alex  Rodriguez  gets  a  pat  on the  head   from  team   captain   Derek  Jeter after    he  scored a  run  against  the  Minnesota  Twins  in  game 3  of  the  ALDS  game   played  at the  Hubert  Humphrey  Metrodome  in  Minneapolis,  Minnesota,.     picture appears  courtesy of  getty images/ Johnathan Daniel ................
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez gets a pat on the head from team captain Derek Jeter after he scored a run against the Minnesota Twins in game 3 of the ALDS game played at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota,. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Johnathan Daniel ................

Now unless my memory is completely out of whack with regard to the historical relevance of Jackson’s postseason exploits. Rodriguez’s own exploits in the postseason just doesn’t even measure up when compared to that of Reggie Jackson. That tends to be the case when you have on air personalities and former players now making such stupid statements. Whether or not they’re doing this in order to maximize their exposure on television. It makes their credibility all the more ridiculous to begin with in that regard. An on air personality once again looking to make complete fools of themselves.And in that regard when it comes to that , the personalities on Fox, ESPN and TBS tends to overstep that line of credibility. Wherein , there’s none to begin with !

‘Liar, liar , pants on fire . My bad ! Listen intently to Rodriguez’s answers and it becomes abundantly clear as to what the player is truly all about.

Before they really can start to make comparisons as to Rodriguez’s postseason exploits ,they ought to look at the body of the player’s work thus far in the postseason. He’s yet to lead the Yankees anywhere. He’s yet to win a World Series. But what’s even more repugnant is the sheer audacity of these idiots to think that Rodriguez and Jackson are now comparable in stature as to the relevant stages of their careers.

Rodriguez’s public apology. Easily blurring truth and reality. I was somewhat surprise that the ‘Tooth Fairy’ didn’t make an appearance at the time.

While I don’t doubt Rodriguez’s credentials as a player. What I do find somewhat annoying about the player, is the fact that he still lives in a world of denial and the mere fact that he can no longer be truthful as to his use of steroids. Having publicly acknowledged his use of it , earlier in his career. He’s failed to answer questions raised when it was stated that he’d continued to use steroids after the 2004 season.Which clearly signifies to me that Rodriguez still has a great deal to learn when it comes to telling the truth. But much like Rodriguez, Jackson isn’t without fault when it comes to having an ego. Jackson, known for being able to perform on the grandest of stages. He knows how to play to the crowds and though he wasn’t always known to be a choirboy. He he never made himself out to be one. His already legendary meltdowns within the Yankees’ clubhouse and his contempt for Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner , as well as this then coach , Billy Martin. Well in many ways it gives us an idea as to the what Jackson was all about. Still beloved by many New York Yankees’ fans as well as A’s fans in the city of Oakland . The legacy of Reggie Jackson is one that is what the game of baseball is meant to be about , in terms of his on the field accomplishments.

Jackson  hits   one  of three  monumental   home  runs   during  the  game   in  the  1977  World   Series   played  against  the  Los  Angeles  Dodgers .     picture  appears  courtesy    of   baseball archives  ............  Jed  Patterson  ................................
Jackson hits one of three monumental home runs during the game in the 1977 World Series played against the Los Angeles Dodgers . picture appears courtesy of baseball archives ............ Jed Patterson ................................

And for Rodriguez , though his life has been filled with a great deal of controversy. Much of it self initiated , with all too often publicity seeking antics that’ve been as asinine as they come. I’d however, say this objectively as to the only valid observations that can be made with regard to Alex Rodriguez and Reggie Jackson are that in their prime ……these two players were the very best that the game has to offer ! . However, when it comes to making postseason comparisons between the two. Alex Rodriguez is no ……..Mr October ! There will only ever be one player for that lone specific moniker can be referred to . And that is Reggie ‘Reginald Martinez’ Jackson ! That’s because his postseason exploits speak for themselves. As of now , Alex Rodriguez has yet to prove himself as a player within the New York Yankees’ organization. Regular season stats count for nothing , when your team is expected to contend year in year out for the World Series.

Nobody   does  it   better  .... Reggie  Jackson  shows  his  prowess  at  the  plate  during  the   1977  World   Series  .  picture  appears  i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0809/mlb.top.world.series.moments/images/1977-reggie-
Nobody does it better .... Reggie Jackson shows his prowess at the plate during the 1977 World Series . picture appears i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0809/mlb.top.world.series.moments/images/1977-reggie-

With Jackson the Yankees’ fans knew what to expect when Reggie was ready to play. And play he did , and though it can be said he wasn’t always complimentary towards some of his teammates or manager as the case maybe. Jackson came to play, and play he did , as if his very life and soul depended on it. At this juncture the same cannot be said of Alex Rodriguez, as he’s yet to truly prove himself on the postseason stage. Rodriguez for his part knows that he has to prove himself not only to the New York Yankees’ fans but also to the fans of baseball in general. If he’s unable to perform upon the grandest of stages in the postseason and not lead this team to a World Series win. Then the only moniker attached to the name of Alex Rodriguez will be ….. great player , ……….. though not that great in the postseason . It’d appear that for now A-Rod will just have to continue to ride on the coat tails of Derek Jeter for the foreseeable future. Jackson never really had to do that whilst a player for the venerable New York Yankees. That my friends, is the stark difference between these two undoubtedly talented players.

Jackson  (left)  now  a  special  consultant with the  New York  Yankees , sits   in the  dugout   alongside  Alex  Rodriguez .  Whatever  the  topic  of   discussion  might've   been  about.  I   doubt  it  had  anything  to  do  with  the  number  of  World  Series   rings   that  Jackson  has.          picture  appears  courtesy  of    ap/photo/  Rich  Creswell  ........................
Jackson (left) now a special consultant with the New York Yankees , sits in the dugout alongside Alex Rodriguez . Whatever the topic of discussion might've been about. I doubt it had anything to do with the number of World Series rings that Jackson has. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Rich Creswell ........................

So as of now, let’s just have all this talk stop of Rodriguez being the new ‘Mr October’ . As he’s yet to prove himself in October , much less having made an appearance of note in the ‘Fall Classic’ , known as the World Series . There will forever be only one ‘Mr October’ and that’s Reggie Jackson . Need one say anymore ?

This Is For My Boy , Sportschump

This Is For My Boy , Sportschump

Sportschump   aka   Chris   .......perhaps  the  most   vociferous   Red   Sox   fan  there   is  within  the  state  of    Florida   ,  if   not  in    on  the   whole   Eastern   seaboard  .
Sportschump aka Chris .......perhaps the most vociferous Red Sox fan there is within the state of Florida , if not in on the whole Eastern seaboard .

Boy oh boy I don’t think that there’s more much that can be said . But the Boston Red Sox have seen better days. They were squarely bitch slapped like an unwanted stepchild .Terry Francona’s team played like a bunch of inexperienced players who were overwhelmed by the importance of the event and what was being asked of them. To say that this team underperformed would be an immense understatement. And cearly the team was outplayed in every facet of the game. Their surprising series sweep in the ALDS can only have left the Red Sox fans in a state of shock , and perhaps no one more so than my buddy Chris aka Sportschump. A long time avowed and die-hard Red Sox fan.

Gary  Matthews Jr (24) and   his teammates  of  the  Los  Angeles   Angeles   run   on  to the  field  to  celebrate  the  team's   7-6  victory  over  the   Boston  Red  Sox   at  Fenway   Park   in  Boston ,  Massachusetts .    The  Angels   swept  the  Red  Sox  3-0   in the  best   of   5  game   series   in  the  ALDS.  They   will  now   go  on  to  face  the  New York  Yankees   for  the  AL  Pennant  and  the  right  to   represent  the  AL  in  the  World  Series.        picture  appears   courtesy  of   getty  images/  Jim  Rogash  .......................
Gary Matthews Jr (24) and his teammates of the Los Angeles Angeles run on to the field to celebrate the team's 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston , Massachusetts . The Angels swept the Red Sox 3-0 in the best of 5 game series in the ALDS. They will now go on to face the New York Yankees for the AL Pennant and the right to represent the AL in the World Series. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jim Rogash .......................

For the Los Angeles Angels they now await the winners of the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins‘ series. And with the Yankees now leading the best of 5 games series 2-0. They’re now heavily favored to defeat the Twins and close out the series with a 3-0 sweep of the AL Central champions. And for the New York Yankees they now chase their 27th World Series title and their first since 2000 . The Steinbrenner family have got to be extremely happy with the outcome and with the team having opened their ostentatious stadium. With their ever vapid fans and the thought of another World Series being on the cusp of being attained. It says a great deal as to what the franchise has been about since it was purchased by George Steinbrenner. No stone has been left unturned as they’ve sought to acquire the very best talent available . And if it meant breaking the bank – then that was what they indeed did. Money is of no object to baseball’s wealthiest franchise. And in many respects sports’ most famous , respected and widely recognized name.

  A  bewildered   Johnathan  Papelbon   ,  closer  for  the  Red  Sox  leaves  the   mound   in the   ninth   inning  of   game   3  in  the  ALDS  playoffs   against  the  Los  Angeles  Angels.   Also   seen  in   picture   is  the  Red  Sox  manager   Terry  Francona .               picture  appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Elise  Amendola  ................
A bewildered Johnathan Papelbon , closer for the Red Sox leaves the mound in the ninth inning of game 3 in the ALDS playoffs against the Los Angeles Angels. Also seen in picture is the Red Sox manager Terry Francona . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Elise Amendola ................

What this series’ defeat says of the Red Sox and how they’re viewed not only by their fans but also fans of the game in general. Either they are indeed the Yankees’ most feared rivals or they’re now becoming merely another stop off spot for the Yankees as they seek reassert their dominance of the game. With Joe Girardi taking over the reins of this team and with the presence of Derek Jeter as the stabling influence on this team. The World Series is now theirs for the taking and there isn’t much of a thought being given for their next opponent in the ALCS, which will be the Los Angeles Angels. Whom , basically the Yankees have had their way with, over the last few years when it comes to the postseason.

Vladimir   Guerrero  of  the  Angels   hits  a  two  run  RBI   against  the  Red  Sox  in the  ninth  inning  of   game  3   in the  ALDS   game   .    picture  appears   courtesy of   getty  images/  Elsa  ................
Vladimir Guerrero of the Angels hits a two run RBI against the Red Sox in the ninth inning of game 3 in the ALDS game . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Elsa ................

There may well be no love lost between these two arch rivals but as of now there has to be a great deal envy undeniably between these two . Especially amongst their vociferous fans as they‘ve each as always , have sought to have the upper hand . As of now the upper hand reverts back to the New York Yankees. ‘The Evil Empire’ as they’ve come to be known have regained their mantel as the game’s most dominant team. It’s something baseball and in particular its hierarchy has always sought. Because without those hated Yankees , the game and essentially all that it represents becomes obsolete if they’re not amongst the upper echelons of the teams that are viewed as the top contenders to win it all. Need one say anymore ?

Bobby  Abreu (right) and  teammate  Kendry  Morales (left)  are   euphorical  after  scoring   to  put   the  Angels    in  the   lead  over  the    Boston  Red  Sox.     The  two   runs   batted  in   were   by  teammate   Vladimir   Guerrero   .        picture   appears   courtesy  of   getty  images/    Elsa   .....................
Bobby Abreu (right) and teammate Kendry Morales (left) are euphorical after scoring to put the Angels in the lead over the Boston Red Sox. The two runs batted in were by teammate Vladimir Guerrero . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Elsa .....................

For the hierarchy of the Boston Red Sox in the guise of Team President Larry Lucchino and GM Theo Epstein . Over the off-season they’ll have to take a serious look at the team’s roster and view the changes that they’ll no doubt feel will need to be made. Though their failings weren’t magnified in any great measure. It was clear for all to see that there was indeed something missing from the team . As to what that might be , that is for the Red Sox management to decide. But it’s very clear that both the GM and team President can’t have been too pleased with the outcome. And I’d dare say that principal partner and team owner , John Henry can’t have been all that pleased either. Not when one considers, that their much hated rivals , the New York Yankees are back to their dominant best. And looking to avail themselves of another AL Pennant as well as the World Series.

And as of now , members of the Red Sox Nation are on the outside looking in. One would think that they’re not entirely pleased at the fact that in terms of bragging rights they’ve now got to put up with the Yankees’ fans lambasting them and their untimely demise. If nothing else we all know that come Spring Training of 2010 , the Red Sox fans’ resolve will be one of – looking to make amends for the disappointment suffered.

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They’re On Their Way Home With Their Tails Between Their Legs ………..

They’re On Their Way Home With Their Tails Between Their Legs

Imagine to my surprise when I not only had seen but read how the St Louis Cardinals had been swept in the series 3-0 in the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers . I’d expected the Cardinals to have shown more resolve and grit throughout this series. But instead what we witnessed , was a team that limped out of this series like a wounded animal. And with no excuse as to the reason why they lost a series that they had been favored to win. Game 3 itself was a complete blowout with the Dodgers defeating the Cardinals 5-1 . The game was essentially over by the 6th inning , as the St Louis Cardinals couldn’t get anything going either offensively or defensively. So lackluster was their play and performance throughout the entire series !

Players   on  the  Los  Angeles   celebrate  their   5-1  victory  over  the    St    Louis  Cardinals   enabling   their clinching    of   NLCS  berth.   They   now   await  the   winners   of  the   series    between  the   Philadelphia  Phillies  and   Colorado  Rockies     to   determine   the  NL   pennant.     picture  appears   courtesy  of   getty   images/   Dilip  Vishwanat  ............
Players on the Los Angeles celebrate their 5-1 victory over the St Louis Cardinals enabling their clinching of NLCS berth. They now await the winners of the series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies to determine the NL pennant. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Dilip Vishwanat ............

And for stars such as Albert Pujols , Matt Holliday , Adam Wainwright , Chris Carpenter and others on this Tony La Russa managed team , most definitely underperformed. But the greatest tragedy was to see the faces of the Cardinals’ fan who’d expected so much more from their team. For the Los Angeles Dodgers they’re to be commended upon the grit shown upon upending the Cardinals.

For Joe Torre and the Dodgers, they now await the winners of the yet to be resumed series between Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies . Tied at one game apiece , the series is turning out to be a thoroughly entertaining series between two highly competitive teams. Both teams are managed by seasoned veterans ,in Charlie Manuel of the Phillies and Jim Tracy of the Rockies. As to what can be expected once the series (game 3 ) resumes at Coors Field in Denver , Colorado , is anyone’s guess.

The   Dodgers'   Johnathan  Broxton   delivers   the   final    pitch   of  the   game  against   the   St  Louis   Cardinals     at   Busch   Stadium     in   St   Louis   ,  Missouri  . picture  appears   courtesy  of  getty images/Dilip  Vishnawat   .......
The Dodgers' Johnathan Broxton delivers the final pitch of the game against the St Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St Louis , Missouri . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Dilip Vishnawat.......

A young Rockies’ team is going up against a Phillies team looking to become the first professional franchise in MLB to successfully defend its title since the New York Yankees last achieved the feat in 1997 and 1998. The Phillies in every respect are very much a well balanced team , laden with stars on their roster. And they’re led by the prodigious offensive talent of Ryan Howard , who’s ably assisted by Raul Ibanez , Chase Utley and the heart and soul of the team , in Jimmy Rollins. The pitching staff of this team is also very formidable and that comes in the guise of Cliff Lee and , Cole Hamels . But if there is an Achilles’ heel on this team . Then that burden rests squarely on the shoulders of their closer Brad Lidge . From a once reliable closer he’s become something of a liability and enigma on this Phillies’ team. And though Lidge is no longer the day to day closer on the team. It’s still felt that he can remain a valuable contributor to the team.

So for now as baseball’s postseason unwinds , make of it what you will. For now teams such as the New York Yankees , Minnesota Twins , Boston Red Sox , Los Angeles Angels ,Colorado Rockies, Phillies and Dodgers are all looking to make this a season to remember in more ways than one .

Bud Selig Is Trying His Best Not To Look The Complete Clown But It Becomes Really Scary

Bud Selig Is Trying His Best Not To Look The Complete Clown But It Becomes Really Scary When You Hear Him  Speak It Reminds You Of The Tv Characters Krusty The Clown And Sidesho’ Bob In His Conversations …………

It can’t have escaped everyone’s notice that with the Major League Baseball season having started. A number of the teams have come to the fore and are playing well at this point of the season. 

MLB Commissioner  Allan 'Bud' Selig  and  President of Operations  Bob Dupuy (right).
MLB Commissioner Allan 'Bud' Selig and President of Operations Bob Dupuy (right) . picture appears courtesy ap/photo/Roger Scott ................

We’ve seen the Florida Marlins in the NL East get off to a rather quick start 11-4 start to the season. The thinking was that the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets would have the division all to themselves making it nothing more than a two horse race as the season progresses.

In light of that it can’t have escaped everyone’s notice however that after the euphoric start to the season. A number of teams however are now seeing empty seats within their stadiums for home games. One can merely put it down to the fact that these are tough economic times for not only the fans but also for the franchises themselves.

And as strange as it may seem Commissioner Bud Selig has basically carried on as if the health of the game is in a really great state. But if that were the case then why would he be overly concerned with the situation where he’s said to seeking engage in a conversation with the Wilpons and Steinbrenners as the respective owners of the two New York baseball franchises as to their ticket prices ?  

 

Both the New York Mets and New York Yankees have seen a downturn in attendances for home games. And nowhere is this more significant than with seats situated behind home plate at both stadiums. So much so that the prices sought by the two teams respectively hasn’t led to throngs of fans bidding to purchase these premium priced seats. For the New York Yankees they range in price from $500-00 to $ 2,625-00 for seats in the Legends Suites.

 

Mets' catcher  Ramon  Castro  congratulates  teammate  Francisco  Rodriguez  after the  team's  4-3 triumph over  the Washington  Nationals  at  Citi Field  in  New York City, NY. picture  appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Julie  Jacobs ...............
Mets' catcher Ramon Castro congratulates Francisco Rodriguez after the team's triumph over the Washington Nationals 4-3 at Citi Field in New York City. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Julie Jacobs ................

  

 For the Mets with fewer premium seats within their particular edifice. The Delta Club Area behind the dugout . There the prices are a little less in terms of the overall charges which range from $175-00 up $495-00. It’d be remiss to to think at this moment in time it is only the Mets and Yankees who are in this predicament. But in reality it runs the gamut of the major league teams ut it has become more acute because of who these two teams are.

The Yankees average attendance is approximately 45,000 , whereas the New York Mets average 37,000 per home attendance for their season openers. However as the season progresses if we continue to see these figures prevail. It’ll be hard to see how these can be explained away by not only the commissioner but also by both the Yankees and Mets’ hierarchy. Strangely enough with Selig now visiting both franchises to discuss this situation . One has to wonder if he’d show the same sort of concern were this any other team within league ?

 

Kevin  Youkilis   is  congratulated  by  teammates  Manny Delcarmen and  Takaishi  Sato  .
Kevin Youkilis (center) is congratulated by teammates Manny Delcarmen (left) and Takaishi Sato after Youkilis' game winning home run in their 5-4 triumph over the New York Yankees at Fenway Park , Boston, Mass. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jim Rogash .............

 

 
Could it that merely because it’s the New Mets and Yankees and their new facilities he’s showing this sort of concern ? He’s never shown any forthright concern over any other franchise with the attention he’s now said to be showing the two New Yor franchises. He’s stood idly by whilst over the last decade the Florida Marlins have toiled and haranged the local municipalities as well as county and state legislatures in order to get some sort of a response in attaining a state of the art facility. 

Animated   tv character  Krusty  The  Clown  from  the  Fox  animated series  'The Simpsons' .
Animated tv character Krusty The Clown from the Fox animated tv series " The Simpsons ". picture appears courtesy of Matt Groenig ...... @ copyrighted. all rights reserved

 More and more we’ve seen that Bud Selig picks and chooses his battles in order to attain the publicity needed to enhance his reputation and that he thinks will be of benefit to himself and Major League Baseball.Curiously enough to listen to Selig speak about the health and credibility of the game . Is to witness animated characters Krusty The Clown and Sidesho’ Bob from the Fox tv show ” The Simpsons”. Oblivious to what’s really happening around him. He’s of the opinion that his self worth is greater than those who are subordinates of his. Comedic in tone as always the sound bytes from Bud Selig are always welcomed. But now with his own credibility coming into question primarily from the fans. It’s hard to see what this sort of altruism being sought by Selig will amount to at the end of the day. It certainly won’t change the mindset of the fans overall. If anything it’ll do nothing more than prove that what many of already know about the game. And that’s financially it’s a complete mess .

Sidesho'  Bob
Sidesho' Bob from the Fox tv animated series "The Simpsons" . picture appears courtesy of Matt Groenig . @ copyrighted. all rights reserved. ..................

Fortunately all of the major parties concerned are too stupid to realize that fact. That ranges from the hierarchy on down to the owners and the Players’ Union. They’d rather carry on as if things are the same hearkening back to the days when the ballparks were filled with fans who couldn’t get enough of the game. Now the game yearns the fans but their own concerns are far more acute than anything that baseball has to offer the fans as a respite.

It’s The Gift That Keeps On Ticking , Ticking And Just Keeps On Givin, Otherwise Known As Basball’s Dirty Little Secret ………

It’s  The Gift  That  Keeps  On Ticking , Ticking  And  Just   Keeps  On  Giving  ,  Otherwise  Known  As  Baseball’s  Dirty  Little  Secret  .

 

 

 

 

Well   now  that  the   World   Baseball  Classic  has  past. And   it has  no  doubt  faded  off   long  into  the  memories  of    most.  Especially   considering   the   United  States’  team’s    ever  so   disastrous   efforts   in the   tournament.    Now  I’m   not   going  to  lament   on  what  went   wrong  there.  As  it’s   best   left  to the  likes  of   Tommy  LaSorda.    He  knows   better  than   most    how   ineffectual   the  team  actually  was. 

 

 

Former Senator  George  Mitchell  and  Major  League Baseball  Commissioner  Allan 'Bud'  Selig  seen  here   at the  announcement   that  the   announcement  the   reported   investigation   known as The Mitchell Report  has  reached  its  culmination.
Sen. George Mitchell (foreground) and Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan 'Bud' Selig seen here announcing that the conducted investigation into steroid use within the game known as The Mitchell Report had reached its culmination . The contents of which haven't been readily made for public consumption. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Patrick Rycroft ..............

 

 

 

It’s   now  coming    more  the   fore   as  to  how  much   of  a  conflict   and  corruption  there now   is  when   it  comes  to   recruiting    young   players   from the  Caribbean  and   the  South  American   continent   into the  major  leagues.  So   much   so   that   even   when  The Mitchell Report  touched   on the  matter  it  was  somewhat   ignored.   Those  of  who  were   interested as  to  the  content   of  the  report   were    primarily   concerned as  to  what  it  have   to  say  with  regard  to  the   players   involved   in  the   steroid  abuse   scandal. 

 

 

 

 

That   situation   in   of itself   continues   unabated  and   it  hasn’t   helped  that  the   game’s   biggest  star   Alex  Rodriguez   has   admitted   to  using   steroids.  And   whilst  the  player  has   offered   what   one  would   deem  a  contrite   apology   to  the   fans ,  public  ,  his   teammates  and  the    New York  Yankees  organization.   The   latest   rumors    surrounding  the   player   only  exacerbates  the   situation  even  further .  Added  to  the   fact  that  he’s   lost  to  the  team  before   the   regular  season  begins   due   injury  and   surgery.

 

 

Alex  Rodriguez (right)  along  with  Yankees' GM Brian  Cashman (center)  and  the  team's  manager Joe Girardi.
Alex Rodriguez (right) seen here alongside Yankees' GM Brian Cashman (center) and team manager Joe Girardi. All three are there at George Stennbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Where the player made his public statement announcing his use of steroids. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Al Messerschmidt .............

 

 

This   has   become   nothing   but  an    unmitigated  disaster    for  Major  League  Baseball.  Their   effort to   try   and   clean  up  the  game  has  been  about  as  effective   as   throwing   a   half   empty  kerosene  gas  can   into  fire   thinking  that   nothing   will  actually  happen.  And  with  evidence  now   swirling   around  that  young   players   in  particularly   from  the  Dominican  Republic   have   been   used  as   pawns   in    the  deceptive  practice   of  enticing   big  league    teams   to    pay  exorbitant   sums   of  money  in  terms   of a  signing   bonus  to  effectively   have  a  player   sign  with  them.    It   only  adds     further     to a  percolating    pot  of  misdeed  and    plain   ineptitude    within  the   upper  ranks   of  the game’s   hierarchy.     And  it   certainly   hasn’t    helped  that    officials    from  within   some   of  the  major    organizations   might   well   have  been   involved  are   infact  implicated  in  payoffs to  the  buscones /agents (facilitators)  who    offer  the  players   to  the   teams.

 

 

Esmailyn Gonzalez  as  he's  known  the  Washington Nationals  but  the  player's  actual  given  birth  name  is  Carlos Alvarez  Daniel  Lugo.  He's  seen  here  signed  as a  top prospect   with  then  coach  Frank  Robinson.
Esmailyn Gonzalez as he's known to the Washington Nationals. But whose given and birth name is actually Carlos Daniel Alvarez Lugo. The player seen here with then coach Frank Robinson was signed as a top prospect by the team. picture appears courtesy of ap/ Victor Matthews ..............

 

 

 

 

This   all   emanated  from  the  Esmailyn Gonzalez  scandal  that  exploded    with  the   player   having   signed   with  the  Washington  Nationals. Not   only  had   the   player’s   birth  certificate   been    falsified   with   regards   to   his   age.   But   a  large   amount   of   money  exchanged   hands   between  the   team   ,  the   player   in   terms   of  his   signing   bonus.  But   also    with   the   agent   getting   his   cut.  It’s   believed  that   also  several  of   the  Nationals’ own  staff    profited   from  this    by  way   of   a   cut   from   the  money   that  was    paid  to   the  player.  It’s   not    uncommon   for   this   to   happen  within  the  lower   echelons  of   organization   if  it’s   deemed  to  be  happening  amongst  a  team’s   scouting   staff.    But    what    makes  this  all   so   unpalatable   is   that  it   is  believed  that   in  the   case   of  Gonzalez  .  It   may  have   involved  the   team’s   general  manager  at the  time  Jim  Bowden  and   his special  assistant   Jose Rijo .   And  while   both    are   no    longer  with   the   team with   Rijo   having    been   fired  and  Bowden   re-signing    while   proclaiming   his  innocence  as   to   any   wrongdoing.   The   facts   speak   for  themselves     as   very    little   was   done   to   verify  the   player’s  records.  Much   less  they, themselves    conducting   their  own  internal investigation.

 

 

Nationals' principal  owner  Stan  Kasten .
Washington Nationals' principal owner Stan Kasten. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Paul Thornton ..................

 

 

 

 

While  on  appearance  this  may   not   seem   a   serious   transgression.  Consider the  fact   once    money   was   pocketed   by   anyone   within  the  organization   who  wasn’t  entitled  to it.  It   then  becomes  a  federal  offense   and   as   such  is  indictable     by   law.   And  with   the  FBI   now   conducting   its  own  investigation    into   what  it   is   believed  to  now   be  a   widespread   practice   throughout   the   league.  One   has  to   ask  the   question.    What   is   going   on     behind   the  closed   doors   of   Major   League  Baseball  and   its   franchises   ?  If  there’s  now  that  much    widespread    corruption   from  the   top  down  then   surely   the   game’s  own   hierarchy    ought  to  be  looked  at  as  well  ? 

 

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Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels …….Bang You’re Dead !

 
 

Lock  Stock And  Two  Smoking  Barrels ……. Bang  You’re  Dead  !

 

 

 

Not  wanting  to  assail  Major  League  Baseball (MLB)    for   wanting   a  good  thing.  But  I’d   now  like to  know what   was  the  whole   premise   behind   entering  a   team    into  the  World  Baseball   Classic   if  not  to  win  it  ? 

 

Derek  Jeter  far  right  seated   in  the  dugout  knowing  that the  inevitable  is  about to  happen.  The  US  team  would   go  on  to  lose  in the  semi  finals  of  the  World  Baseball  Classic  to  Japan  (9-4) .
Derek Jeter and teammates are seated on the bench in the dugout knowing that the inevitable is about to happen. The US team would go on to lose to Japan (9-4) in a lopsided game. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Stephen Dunn ................

 

 

 

 

To  suffer  the   slings and   arrows   of  outrageous  fortune  or   in  this case misfortune  is  one  thing.    But  in  this  case   the  showing   of  the  team   most   certainly   hasn’t   met  the  expectations  of  the  game’s  hierarchy   domestically.  It  doesn’t   matter  what   they  might   say   publicly.  In   reality   however   it’s   suddenly  beginning  to  sink  in  that   they’re  going  to  have  to   rethink  their    whole  preparation for  a   team  and  the  assembling   of a   roster   for   international  competition. The    event  will   no  doubt  make  a  significant   amount    of  money    for  the parties  concerned.   But  if  anything    it’ll  perpetuate  the  notion    that the  long  held   belief  that   US  baseball  at  the  international   level   if  anything isn’t   as  superior  as the  fans  or   players   may  well  believe.  

 

Japanese   pitcher  Yu  Darvish   celebrates  after  striking   out  Adam  Dunn  of  team  USA  in  the semi   finals   game  of  the  Worl  Baseball  Classic.
Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish celebrates after striking out Adam Dunn of team USA during their semi finals game. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Kevork Djansezian ........

 

 

 

 

If anything   has  been  indicative   of  this,  it   has  been  the   failure   of    team  USA  to  advance   to  the  Finals  of  the  competition.  In   2006  they  were an  abysmal    failure   falling   at the  quarter  finals’ stage.    And    now   in   2009  in  the  semi-finals   they  succumb   to  a   Japanese   team  that   was   very   much  their  superior   in  every facet   of  the  game   right  from the  start.  If  the  final  score  of   9-4  wasn’t  a   reflection  of  that.  Then   those   who  felt   the   opposite    may   well  have  been   watching   through   rose   colored   glasses.

 

 

Japan's   Ichiro  Suzuki   in the  dugout   prior  to the  semi  final   game played   against  the  USA.
Japan's Ichiro Suzuki in the dugout prior to the semi final game played against team USA at Chavez Ravine Stadium , Los Angeles , California . picture appearas courtesy of getty images/ Stephen Dunn .................

 

 

 

All  the  excuses   in  the  world   cannot   make  up   for  this.  And that’s   most  likely  what  we’ll   hear  over  the  ensuing   days   if  not   weeks.  One   can  be  sure   that   not  all  of  the  game’s  fans    domestically   were   enamored   with  the  competition  to  begin  with.   If  anything   it  was   thought   of  as  an   intrusion   in   their    rite   of  passage  as   far  as   Spring   Training  was   concerned.    And  the   fact     that   they’d  be   denied  to  see   many  of  their   idols   play   for  their    professional   teams    at the  start  of  the  Grapefruit  and  Cactus   League’s  season  was   tantamount  to  all    but  abandoning  the  season  itself.  OK  so   they’d   get  to   see   some  of the  younger  players   from  a  team’s   Triple  A affiliate.   But   the  majority  of  the  time  that’s   not   what  the   fans  are  there  to  see.   But   that’s   what   tends  to  happen  when  the   whole   thought    process   and   timing  of  the  event    is  ill  conceived.    But   far  be  it   for  anyone  to   suggest that   the  MLB hierarchy  and     the  game’s   international   governing   body    doesn’t   indeed   know   what   it’s   doing . 

 

 

Evan  Longoria   strikes  out  in  the  ninth   inning  of  the  game  against  Japan  in the  semi  finals  of  the  World Baseball   Classic.
Evan Longoria of team USA having just struck out in the ninth inning of the semi final's game against Japan makes his way back to the dugout. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Stephen Dunn ..................

 

 

 

 

For   Japan   they’ll   now   meet   their  Asian    counterparts  and   rivals    Korea   in  the  Finals.   And with   Korea   themselves    being   the reigning   Olympic    champions.   This   game   will   certainly   not   be   a  foregone   conclusion   in  terms   of   Japan   being   considered  an  overwhelming   favorite.    Korea    has  surprised    everyone   in  this  competition  with  the  level    of  their  play  and   sound   fundamentals.    They   do  almost   everything  with   effortless   ease.   And   if  anything  the   US  team    could  learn    something    from    how  the  Korean  players   apply  themselves  to   the  task  at  hand.    Suffice   to   say  it’s   easy  to    make  the  claim   that  the   players  on  the US  team   were  playing    with  a  great    deal   of  pride   but   the  reality    of  it  all  is  that    pride     wasn’t   borne   out    in  the  level   of  their   overall  play    throughout   the  competition.  If  anything  there   was   a  cockiness  and    over  confidence  that   spelt    disaster   at  some   point.    In  many   ways   it  was  somewhat   reminiscent   of  what   we’d   often  witnessed    from  their   counterparts  in the NBA .  If  anything  the   belief   was  all  that  they    had to   do  was   to  just   turn   and   an  opponent   would   quake   in   their   boots   and   surrender  to  their   will.   The  competition   has  proved   however  that    sum  of  the  parts    doesn’t   equal   the  whole   when   it  came   to   team   USA.    They  labored   under  the  assumption  that  a    roster   filled  with  All  Stars  and  they’d    prevail. 

 

 

 

Roy  Oswalt  the  starting   pitcher  for  team  USA  sits  in the  dugout  watching  the  game's  progression.  Oswalt   had  one  of those   games  that  even  he  would  no  doubt  rather  forget  .
Roy Oswalt the starting pitcher for team USA sits in the dugout and watches the game unfold. Oswalt had a game that even he would rather forget. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Kevork Djansezian ....................

 

 

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Well It’s The Only Thing Vocal You’ll Hear Out Of The Mouth Of A Mets’ Player Anything Else’d Be Considered Immature Don’t You Think ……..?

Well It’s   The  Only  Thing  Vocal  You’ll  Hear  Out  Of  The  Mouth Of  A

Mets’ Player  Anything Else’d  Be Considered  Immature  Don’t  You Think ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well  as  we  approach  the beginning of  Spring  Training  we’re  already  hearing  some  rather  encouraging   news  from   newly signed  Mets’ closer  Francisco Rodriguez.  Not  content  with  having  signed  with  the  team   the  player   has  already  to  cast  his  bread  amongst   the  waters  by  making  the  announcement   that  his  team is   the  team  to  beat  in the  NL  East and  as well  within  all  of baseball.  

 

 

Mets'  closer  Francisco Rodriguez  loosens up  for some work at spring  training at  the  team's facility in  Port St  Lucie, Fl ..................
Mets' closer Francisco Rodriguez loosens up prior to workouts at the team's spring training facility in Port St Lucie Fl. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Brian Tolston ...........................

 

 

 

One   would   laugh  were  it   not  for the  fact   that K-Rod  is actually   serious  with  his assertive  statement.   When  one  considers  how the  season  has  ended  for  the  New  York  Mets  over  the  last   two  years.  Anything  said  by  a  player  within  this  particular   organization   has  now   got to  be   taken  with a  grain  of  salt.  Idiocy  and  immaturity   seems  to   know  no   limits   when   it  comes  to  this  organization .  And   perhaps  it’s a reflection as  to  the  fact  that  they’re   viewed  as   the   poor  neighbors  of  their   more   sought  after  compatriot   within   the  city,  in the  form  of  the  New York  Yankees.  They’ve   no  leadership  or  backbone   and   much  of  that has  been  predicated  on the   fact  that   not   has  the  coaching   staff  been  completely  unable   to  control   the   downward  spiral  of  the  team.  But  what  has   become  even   more  apparent    is  that   for   all  of  the  money  spent   on   major   free  agents  over  the last  few  years.   This   team  has  regressed    rather  than   improve.

 

 

 

Oliver  Perez of  the Mets gets  some  action in during  a  pitching  session  at the  team's  training  facility.   picture appears  courtesy of ap/photo/ Jeff  Roberson ..................
Pitcher Oliver Perez gets some action in during spring training at the team's facility . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Jeff Roberson ................

 

 

 

If  it’s  one  thing   that   we   can  all   count  on   concerning  the  team  is  that   come  the  months  of  October   onwards. Is the   mere  fact  that   they   imploded  and   became   about   as  aggressive  in their   play  as  members  of  the   French  Army  would   be ,  were  they   on  the  field   of  battle.   Backbones  aren’t  a  part  of  the  arsenal   when   it  comes   to  neither   and   more   so  in  the   case  of   the  New  York  Mets.    In  Omar  Minaya    they  may  well  possess  one  of   the  worst   general  managers   in  all   of  baseball.  Though   there  may  well  be   some   out  there   whose  performance  may  well  have   been  the   equal  of  Minaya’s   if   not   worse.   I’ll  leave  that   for   you  all   to  decide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well  what  can   we  expect   from  within  the  division as  a  whole  ?  The  NL  East   does  possess  the  current   World  Series  champions  in  the  Philadelphia  Phillies.   And  then  we  also  have  the  Atlanta  Braves,  Florida Marlins  and  the  Washington  Nationals .   The   feeling  however  is  that  the  Phillies  will  be  the  team  that  most  feel  has  the  best   chance  to win  the  division  and  also  make the  playoffs.   They’re   very  much   a  cohesive  unit.   And  in Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins  ,  Chase  Utley   they   do  possess  one   of  the  more   explosive   offensive   triumvirates  within   all  of  baseball.   And   as  prodigious  a  talent   that  Howard   has  become   there  is  a  feeling  that  he’s   yet   to  reach  his   full   potential.    Rollins   though   understated   is   very  much   the  meat  and   bones   type  of  player.  He  lets  his   game   do  the   talking   for  him  on  the  field .   And   Utley   just   keeps  on  doing  what  he   does  best  .  And  that’s   to  produce   runs  and   home  runs   at  an   astonishing   pace   during  the  season.   

 

 

 

Mets' players  gather  at the  start  of  spring  training  baseball  practice at  the  team's  facility  in  Port  St Lucie , Fl.   picture  appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/Jeff  Roberson ......................
Mets' players gather at the team's training facility for the start of spring training in Port St Lucie , Fl. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Jeff Roberson ............................

 

 

 

That’s   not  to  say  that  their   pitching   is  to  be  ignored.   In  Cole   Hamels  they   may  well  have  one of     the  very   best  young   starting   pitchers   in  the  league.    And   on  the  closer’s   mound  a  rejuvenated  Brad  Lidge  who  was  a  castoff   from  the  Houston  Astros.   With  Lidge’s  no   nonsense attitude  and   the  fact  that  he’s  merely   just  striking  out  players  like   Britney   Spears  has  hit  singles  on  a  regular basis.  It  can  be  said  that   Lidge  is   very  much  an  asset to  this   team.

 

 

 

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We Spend A Lot of Money ‘Cause We Make A Lot of Money… And That’s The Way We Like It ……….!

  I’ve got to say that I wasn’t all surprised to find out that the New York Yankees  had further gone about with some lavishing spending prior to this Christmas. That being I can only conclude that either Santa Claus was indeed ready to fill the Yankees’ stocking this Christmas with some goodies.  Former Angels’ first baseman Mark Teixeiera has made it  clear that it’s his wish to become a  New York Yankee.
 
 
Mark Teixeira  former Braves and  Angels' first baseman ...........
 
Mark Teixeira formerly of the Atlanta Braves ,Angels and  now  a designated  New York Yankees’ player. picture appears courtesy  of ap/photo/  Mark Walsh…. 
 

 

 

             Today Angels’ first baseman Mark Teixeira agreed in principle to an eight year  $180m contract. With the signing of Texieras the Yankees have made presumably  themselves a  force to be reckoned  with.   And with free agent Manny  Ramirez still available it  doesn’t  necesssarily bode  well  for  those with aspirations of  signing  a big time  free agent. And if the  New York  Yankees were able  to  sign  Manny now that look really intense to all of the fans out there ? Having signed pitchers CC Sabbathia and  AJ Burnett  to a collective $243.5m combined. That being said with the influx of cash that the city of New York has benevolently given the franchise as of late.  One has to argue what the hell is going on within Major League Baseball ?   A stadium that was  originally meant to cost  $1.5bn  now is  now closer to $2bn and counting.  

 

 

Michael Bloomberg  addresses members of the press and  public as they convene for a press conference
Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses members of the press and public alike for a press conference convened.

 

 Mayor    Mayor Michael  Bloomberg  addresses members  of  the  press and  public  in  attendance at  a press conference.  picture appears courtesy of  newsday.com/ Bill Wasserstein….  

 

 

 

Mayor Michael Bloomberg saw fit to be critical of Wall Street for bailing out the excess of Wall St. But at the same time has seen fit to further implement a bond issue to the tune of  $250m dollars that’ll be of benefit to the New York Yankees.  Never mind the fact that what was originally meant to be privately financed enterprise with the building of the Yankees’ new stadium.  We were originally led to believe that the edifice would be built with privately financed funds. But Bloomberg and the city of New York were only too eager to please and acquiesce to all of the demands of their famed resident.  Making sure that the land that the stadium was built on was unusually high in its assessment for tax purposes. But at the same time it was undervalued for the Yankees’ benefit.

 

Free agent  slugger  Manny  Ramirez  ...........
Free agent slugger Manny Ramirez bides his time at the plate. He's still one of the marquee players still left out there on the free agent market.

 

Free agent  slugger Manny Ramirez,sits ,waits and bides at the plate,knowing full well  that  in due time  someone is prepared to  pay his  asking price. But  the question on everyone’s lips is  who is prepared to pay  ?    picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Mark  Wasserstein……..

 

 

 

I’m not one to suggest that there’s been any collusion on the part of the organization or the mayor’s office. But make of it what you will.  As to the Yankees and their coffers it goes without saying that they’re a monumental cash cow of the highest order. The YES Network as their self owned cable outlet and their joint partnerships with several major corporate sponsors. It makes it all the more relevant as to what we’re seeing with regard to the game of the haves and have nots.   The Yankees themselves will have to pay in excess of  $32.5m in terms of the luxury tax that they’ve been assessed by the commissioner’s office of Major League baseball.  This is meant to be the tax for which league clubs that go in excess of the mandated level is charge on a team’s payroll roster.  And it’s meant to create some sort of equilibrium for the teams within the major markets and the mid-level to small markets of the league.

 

 

Commissioner Allan 'Bud' Selig and players' representative  Donald Fehr share a few pleasantries up on Capitol Hill prior to addressing members of  Congress  ............
Commissioner Allan 'Bud' Selig and Player's rep Donald Fehr exchange a few words prior to addressing members of Congress up on Capitol Hill , Washington, DC,.

Commissioner Allan ‘Bud’ Selig and players’ representative Donald  Fehr  exchange a few quiet words before  addressing  members of  Congress.  picture appears courtesy of i.a.cnn/net/si/ Mark Roberts ………

 

 

 

So what the Yankees are now said to be paying this triumvirate of players will dwarf the payrolls annually of several teams across the league.  And to highlight this situation even further four  of the five highest salaried players annually within the league will now be on the New York Yankees’ roster.  They are namely Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, CC Sabbathia and Mark Texiera.  Now let it not be said that the Yankees will go the way of any small team when it comes to their want of success. Last year was the first time in over a decade that the team failed to make postseason in baseball.  And when one considers the streak it is truly monumental to say the least.   Seeing the  rise of  the  Tampa Bay Rays  within the AL East  and  their  success  in having  won the  division ,  the  AL Pennant  and  then making it to the World Series made it all the more  unpleasurable for the Yankees’ fans and the Steinbrenner family.  Who as owners  of  the team have  been used  to having  their way  and winning  pennants  and  World  Series.   This decade  they haven’t  won any  and it can be said that there’s a strong  possibility  that they may not win another  before  the  decade closes.

 

 

New  York Yankees'  GM Brian Cashman  , foreground  along with the team's manager Joe  Girardi  .................
New York Yankees' GM Brian Cashman alongside the team's manager Joe Girardi ...................

Joe Girardi , coach of  the New  York  Yankees and their erstwhile  GM Brian  Cashman in the  foreground. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Luis M Alvarez  …………………….

 

 

 

 

With the departure of  Joe Torre to  make way for newly appointed  skipper Joe Girardi. It was felt that the team would be carry on in a similar vein with  regard  to  the  success garnered under Girardi’s predecessor.  Well  last season  proved one thing to us all the  Yankees are getting old and  many of their high profile players failed  to live  up to  the perceived  expectations  as to  what they were  thought to be  capable of.  Out with the old and  in with the new as  they  say.  The franchise  has  seen fit to  revert to their  old ways  because  they  can no longer  trust  talent  wholeheartedly within  their  farm system.  Brian Cashman as the team’s general manager may not indicate that with his statements.  But it’s clear that  he  himself  knows what’s at  stake for the franchise.  Failure to win and  with  them moving into their new state of the art ballpark  next season. It makes it all the more  extreme for the  Yankees to go on this major spending spree.  And one can only summize  that Santa  came early  for the  Steinbrenners  and granted them all of their wishes.   Now if  they can also land  free agent Manny Ramirez  it may well be  one of those  Christmas’s  one can only dream of if  you happen to be a Yankees’ fan. As to the rest of major league baseball they can only wish to have the financial strength of the franchise.

 

 

George Steinbrenner foreground  and his son Hank aseat  in their executive suite  look on as the  the  team  plays ..........
George Steinbrenner foreground and his son Hank seated beside him look on the their team takes to the field ............

George and Hank Steinbrenner,father and son,principal owners  of the New  York Yankees.  In reality the  franchise  is  perhaps the  most recognized name in  all  of  sports  here  in North America  and  without  a  doubt  perhaps the most lucrative  and  profitable  sports franchise in the US in terms of  just sheer net worth.  picture  appears  courtesy  of ap/photo/Mark Shackleton ……….

 

 

 

 

 

These are the times  that you can only fathom  to think  as to the financial constraints  that  many of the  teams face.  But as of yet  they  don’t  seem to have affected  the likes of  the  New  York Yankees. Much to the malaise of others within the  game as  they now begin  to  face  some of  the  hardships  that’ll  now begin  to  face  not  only the  game of baseball but  sports  in general.  The harsh economic climate  and  all that it  now  entails will affect  many  professional sport’s franchises.  But the likes of  the Yankees at present seem to go unperturbed  by it all.

 

 

Former Yankee Bobby Abreu  with then teammates  Derek Jeter and  Alex  Rodriguez .............ner
Former New York Yankee Bobby Abreu(53) with then teammates Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez ...................

Abreu(53) back to picture along with then teammates Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.  The latter of  the trio  have  contributed little to  the  franchise’s lack of postseason success. Merely  turning  up and  being  overpaid  just doesn’t seem to  cut it  anymore.  But  it’s apparently  acceptable  to some in New  York. What accountability if any has  never come from the players  themsleves as  they’ve  been very  much  cuckholded  and  sheilded to an extent.  Moments out outspokeness  from the owner  has  been very tempered in its texture. The fault therein lies  within the franchise itself.   picture  appears courtesy  of ap/photo/Marcus  Walker  ……………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

As former  Knicks’ player Patrick Ewing  once  said  when  giving  testimony  in a major Federal racketeering and grand larceny case.  ‘We make  a lot of money so we spend  a  lot  of  money’. And  the  fact that at the time  when giving this statement he was actually  talking  about  spending money in an adult entertainment  emporium.  We ought not  to  equate  that  the Yankees have  become akin to a stripper or hooker  working her Johns . In  this  case  their  fans  and  the citizens  of  New York. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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