Re: The Half Billion $ IF Corner
posted at 5/24/2012 8:07 AM EDT
In Response to Re: The Half Billion $ IF Corner
[QUOTE]The A-Rod contract is the ultimate head scratcher, there just wasn't a market for A-Rod at anywhere near what the NYY ended up giving him. When they intially made the offer Texas would have been on the hook for some of the offer. Once A-Rod opted put NYY IMHO should have let the market take hold. Boras would have come back for a counter offer if the RS or another franchise had made a strong offer. The Tex signing is part of playing the game as a big market franchise and while the NYY have many of them, it did a WS ring in 2009.
Posted by fivekatz[/QUOTE]
Completely agree, but it's not as much of a head scratcher when you consider the bumbling & foolish adventures of one Hank Steinbrenner vs the cunning of ARod's handlers (Buffett & Boras).
WS Rings are very expensive these days; if I wasn't an addict, I'd stop following it (I already stopped going to any RS & NYY Games; haven't been to one in years, nor will I pay for any MLB subscriptions or gear; my last game at Fenway was unpleasant, where upon entry I had to throw out my sip of water - about 1/2 oz, paid $30 for parking, where they shoved my car into a corner, couldn't find it upon my return, and didn't care. It was also the front end of a day-night twin bill- a modern invention to squeeze more gates, and at the end of the game we were shoved out like cattle)
Give me the days of Yogi Berra & his dozen or so WS Rings; it was much cheaper then, you could bring sandwiches to the park, & Yogi is still a rich man.
The players even knew how to bunt then, and seemed to care.
Admittedly, the players are better athletes now; but I'm not sure this translates to more exciting, especially since the games are longer.
Also, all this protecting of pitchers doesn't seem to help; in what no one shall likely ever see again, in 1963 Marichal & Spahn (42 then) encountered a 16 inning pitcher's duel, where 450 pitches were thrown by the 2 hurlers. They both pitched for years after that. (Although Spahn did say his arm never recovered, he did manage to go almost 3 yrs after that)