January 31, 2013

A-Rod unlikely to return to Yankees: Daily News

When Tiger Woods got in trouble with his wife and all of his injuries were building up, questions about his future in golf became a hot topic. I boldly predicted he would never win another major. So far I've been right, but judging by his win at Torrey Pines last week I'm not too confident.

But now with this morning's Daily News report that Alex Rodriguez isn't likely to return to the Yankees, the same question with Tiger has arisen. Time for another bold prediction.

Coinciding with the report, I say A-Rod will never put on the Pinstripes again

Now, for some eye-openers from the report:
According to numerous baseball sources, the hip surgery Rodriguez is now recovering from will likely derail his playing career, leaving him in such a diminished role that he may consider a settlement or an outright retirement. He still has five years and $114 million left on his contract.
Whoa. That would save the Yankees a pretty penny. 
“I don’t know why he would want to go through the pain of rehabbing and trying to play up to the caliber of player he was, and come back to a game where nobody wants him,” said a baseball official.
This source is right about A-Rod being unwanted, but for $114 million and potentially even more with incentives...

Now, check out bwin if you're into baseball betting,  the question is in your court. Will A-Rod ever return to the Yankees? 

January 20, 2013

Stan Musial

I published this on my Facebook first, naturally, because this isn't just meant for baseball fans. It's for everybody.
Read this tribute of Stan Musial. Then read some of the tributes in the comments section. I promise that you will feel uplifted and probably a little teary-eyed because he no longer graces the earth with his presence. I also hope reading all of these stories makes you want to be a little more like Stan.

If I could pick one athlete, past or present, to meet, I'd choose Stan (by a longshot), knowing I'd become a better human being.

The George Vecsey biography of Stan was the best baseball book I ever read. I highly recommend reading that as well, baseball fan or not.

Make sure to read the Posnanski one in the comments too, but here's my favorite excerpt: "Stan knew his signature gave people joy so he signed everything. He was simple like that. Pure class."

Please share this post or the linked article because I think it will help make the world a better place.

January 15, 2013

My blog's belated fourth birthday celebration (and update)

A few nights ago, an old friend had to remind me that it was this blog’s fourth birthday.

A few years ago, I would have excitedly written the anniversary post the night before and scheduled it for the morning.

Yikes, how things have changed.

A few months ago, I had just started working in the New York Daily News’ online sports department

A few weeks ago, I had to make one of the toughest decisions of my life. And now I’m working for a company that pretty much only runs headlines on Facebook marketing campaigns.

Wow, things have really changed.

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