Mark Feisand is Smoking Too Much Pot
This has to be one of the most ridiculous news stories I have ever seen published in a major newspaper, and that is saying a LOT.
Mariano Rivera attempting to squeeze option year as Yankee deal nears
BY MARK FEINSAND
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Wednesday, December 19th 2007, 4:00 AM
Mariano Rivera eventually may accept the three-year, $45 million deal the Yankees have offered him, but the closer isn't quite ready to do so just yet.
It appears as though Rivera has given up on the idea of getting a fourth guaranteed year from the Yankees, but according to a source with knowledge of the situation, Rivera still is trying to negotiate some type of option for 2011, one that could kick in based on the number of games the righthander finishes during the first three years of the deal.
The Yankees increased their original offer to Rivera of three years and $39 million by $2 million per season, which would give him an annual average salary of $15 million, making him the highest-paid closer by more than $4 million per year.
But after hearing Hank Steinbrenner speak publicly about his age (the closer turns 38 at the end of the month), Rivera seems determined to get something else put into the contract. If Rivera can't get the Yankees to budge, according to a source, he is expected to accept the three-year deal, which he hasn't yet, despite an Internet report to the contrary.
Have you clicked on the link to the article? Because on the right hand side are "Related Articles." I emplore you to look at the first one listed. It is a link to a DAILY NEWS article entitled "Rivera, Yankees finalize deal" and was published Monday, December 17th, two full days before this piece was written:
Mariano Rivera, Yankees finalize deal
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Monday, December 17th 2007, 4:58 PM
Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees made it official Monday, finalizing a $45 million, three-year contract that will keep the ace closer in pinstripes.
Is this the aforementioned contrarian "Internet report"? (Note: I capitalized Internet so as to best emulate Mark Feisand.)
Perhaps the "Internet report" is this press release from the NEW YORK YANKEES:
YANKEES SIGN MARIANO RIVERA TO A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT
The New York Yankees announced today they have signed right-handed closer Mariano Rivera, the American League’s all-time saves leader, to a three-year contract.
Rivera, 37, owns 443 career saves, the most in franchise history and the third-most all-time behind Trevor Hoffman (524) and Lee Smith (478). His 395 saves over the last 10 years are the most in the Majors while his 787 career appearances are the most-ever by a Yankees pitcher and place him in 42nd place on baseball’s all-time list. Among pitchers with at least 200 save opportunities, Rivera’s 88.2 percent career save conversion rate (443-for-502) is second-best all time, behind only Trevor Hoffman (89.3).
The Panama native was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on February 17, 1990 and is currently the longest tenured Yankee (12 yrs, 105 days).
Misleading, confusing headline in that press release? Possibly, to one such as the great Mark Feisand.
Feisand refuses to stop there with his intrepid reporting. Later on in the December 19th article, this bit of breaking news comes to the forefront:
The Yankees also are waiting for word from Andy Pettitte on whether he plans to play in 2008 or retire, but they would likely go into spring training with Chien-Ming Wang, Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Mike Mussina and Ian Kennedy in the rotation rather than pay big money for a free-agent starter should Pettitte retire.
Tuesday, December 4th, 2007. Source: New York Daily News:
The Yankees did add another lefthander to their rotation yesterday, as Andy Pettitte informed the club he would return for another season, but the Santana situation loomed large over the Opryland Hotel during the first day of the meetings.
Peter Abraham reported the contract was official on December 12th.
So... what's Feisand doing? Bong hits with Raissman in the print room?
Also I know.. a blog post slamming a Daily News writer that isn't Lupica. Crazy, huh? Don't worry gentle readers, I've been preparing a new installment of my Lupica posts. It should be up tomorrow.
Labels: andy pettitte, douchebag, mariano rivera, mark feisand
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 11:01 AM