Remember When Randy Winn was Traded for Lou Pinella?
It looks as if the value of managers has never been higher and the Yankees are essentially trading one of the greatest players of all time for their sleepy faced manager who completely lost control of the clubhouse - the only thing at which he was supposed to be good.
If the Yankees trade Alex Rodriguez this offseason, it's a victory for everyone I - and I assume you, since you're reading this site - hate: idiot sportswriters whose own egos and need to create news trump actual facts and reality. Alex Rodriguez being traded is a victory for Mike Lupica, and makes Steve Phillips into the genius prognosticator of 2006.
Let's face facts: Rodriguez would have been run out of town by the Daily News, ESPN, the New York Post, Sports Illustrated, Newsday, and on and on and on. This is what happens when nearly every day one of these sources needs to create controversy and destroy a man's character and distort his accomplishments in order to sell more advertising and get an interview on Baseball Tonight with more idiots.
Has Rodriguez been perfect? No. Has he been "money" in the postseason? No. However he did carry the team single-handedly past the Twins in the 2004 ALCS, a fact that is rarely mentioned. Instead he's a choker, regardless of the fact that without him on the team, it's quite possible neither the 2005 (especially) or 2006 editions of the Yankees fail to make the postseason. Think about that for a second. Would Joe Torre still have a job today if the Yankees were unable to reach the playoffs? I doubt it. In many ways, Alex Rodriguez saved Joe Torre's job. Torre, on his part, never attempted to return the favor and may have left the last image we see of a Hall of Famer in a Yankee uniform as an 8th-spot hitter who is seemingly made to be the sole reason the Yankees did not win the World Series for three years.
This is why it is asinine to choose a manager whose only supposed strength is clubhouse and media management - and who failed in that role - over a future hall of famer in his prime years.
This is not to mention that the one person who could have ended the Rodriguez mess a long time ago never stood up and defended his teammate, which is exactly what a "captain" should do. And yet there is hardly ever a tarnish on the halo of St. Derek, while Rodriguez is not allowed to go to the park with his family.
Congratulations, media whores. It looks like you're going to get what you wanted. Rodriguez will be gone and you've had days of "will they or won't they fire Torre" to sell your papers since there are no "real" stories to print.
Just what do you plan on writing about next season, when Rodriguez is gone? There’s still that big ol’ bus and you’re going to have to find someone else to throw underneath it on a daily basis.
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 6:33 AM