Here’s the real issue that will keep the Tigers from hoisting the trophy: the NL is slowly but surely winning the battle for superiority against the AL.
Ever since Larry Lucchino gave us the ominous but rather fitting moniker of “Evil Empire,” the Yankees have been largely unable to spend their way into the World Series.
WFAN’s Jon Heyman and Sweeny Murti have learned the Bombers’ front office appears to have no intention of making wholesale changes. In fact, it looks like they are about to offer some of the postseason culprits a lifeboat.
So many people say to me that I came along in baseball 20 years too early. They say, ‘Imagine what you’d make if you played today.’ My answer is simple and has two parts: I’d be Alex Rodriguez, and I’m glad I’m not.
“(Rodriguez’s benching) had nothing to do with anything but what I felt was our best opportunity that day,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I just think he was one of our guys that was struggling, like a lot of our other guys.”
“I can’t imagine that,” Anthony said in regard to A-Rod’s situation. “I can’t imagine that. I just feel bad for A-Rod, man. I don’t like to see nobody go through that. It’s tough.”
Rodriguez’s contract is an albatross that the Yankees are going to be forced to live with. The Bombers made their bed with A-Rod, and now they’re going to have to lie in it.
Blame it on the boos? According to one anonymous player, the unhappy home vibes may have contributed to New York being swept out of the ALCS.
The Yankees. The Celtics. The Lakers. The Canadiens. The Steelers. The Packers. Go on and on. Every sports dynasty loses. It happens.
Go ahead. Admit it. It’s OK. You knew it was going to end like this, the Yanks and their life-support offense betrayed by ace CC Sabathia when they needed him most.
Many think — some even hope — that Alex Rodriguez’s time in the Bronx in over. Don’t tell that to A-Rod, who vowed to return to the Yankees after Thursday’s ALCS-ending defeat to the Tigers.
Max Scherzer capped a stupendous stretch for Detroit’s starting rotation, and the Tigers advanced to the World Series for the second time in seven years by beating the New York Yankees 8-1 Thursday for a four-game sweep of the AL championship series.
The Yankees kept their lineup the same as it would have been on Wednesday — with Rodriguez on the bench for the third time in nine postseason games. A-Rod is 3-for-23 with no RBIs in these playoffs.
According to a report, the three-time AL MVP has told close friends that he won’t stand in the way of a trade. It would have to be the right situation, however. The veteran will only accept a trade to a big-market team, the report said.
If New York manages to storm back from a 3-0 series deficit, it won’t be CC Sabathia on the hill for a deciding Game 7. Blame it on the rain.