“I think there’s a little bit of a question (if he’ll be ready for Opening Day), but I think he’ll find a way,” Girardi said on Thursday. “That’s who he is.”
The New York Yankees have exercised their $15 million contract options for second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Curtis Granderson for next season. They also exercised their option for reliever David Aardsma.
Joe Girardi reportedly phoned the Yankees’ PA announcer to spare A-Rod the embarrassment of his name being announced when was pinch hit for in ALCS Game 1.
While the Yankees will have plenty of decisions to make this offseason, the one that will garner the most headlines and create the biggest stir is what — or what not — to do with A-Rod.
How will Cashman address his aging team? Will he attempt to go younger or will he stick with his older guns? Will he attempt to deal the virtually untradeable A-Rod? Will he re-sign Nick Swisher? As usual, the longtime GM didn’t disclose his plans.
“To get 43 home runs from a center fielder isn’t easy,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “And I don’t think one series erases that.”
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 ALCS revealed serious cracks in the foundation, showing a team full of aging All-Stars at the plate, in the field and on the mound that suddenly seems a long, long way from championship caliber.
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.