Thursday, July 25, 2013

BOOM! SPLASH! I Sunk Your Battleship!

The Good

You know whose been pretty good?  Ichiro and Gardner.  They get a lot started at the top of the lineup.  If we had some good 3 and 4 hitters, we'd score some runs.

The Bad

The Yankees continue to sink in their futility of play.  It got me thinking of that game Battleship, which got me thinking of the movie based on the game by the same title.  The Battleship movie was a big money feature that bombed in the box office, failing to meet any expectation that it's big budget would suggest.  This is much like the 2013 Yankees who cost $228 million to field, but have bombed on the field, and are failing to meet any expectation that a $228 million team would suggest.

The Ugly

A-Rod got a second opinion about his quad strain, only he didn't actually go see a doctor for it, he instead sent his MRI to a doctor, and asked them for their opinion.  The doctor ended up on WFAN radio giving his diagnosis that he could not see a strain in the MRI.  The doctor also went to some lengths to explain that he could not officially diagnose him without doing an examination in person, but that was just his opinion based on the MRI.  Apparently, A-Rod is hoping to shed light on a Yankee conspiracy to keep him off the field in an attempt to collect insurance money, even though a quad strain would not accomplish this, and A-Rod was the one who complained about his quad to the Yankees in the first place.  Where this goes from here is anyone's guess, but it should be noted that A-Rod is facing a suspension for his use of PED's and potentially even a lifetime ban.  All of this amounts to the ugliest thing going on in baseball.  Yes, even uglier than Braun's suspension, considering A-Rod was rewarded with the biggest contract in baseball off the assumption that he was the last hope of having a clean homerun record.

Calculated Risk

Who would have thought that attaching your revenue to the amount of homeruns hit by the Yankees would end up impoverishing your charity?

Travis Hafner 12hr = $24
Vernon Wells 10hr = $20
Brett Gardner 7hr = $14
Kevin Youkilis 2hr = $4
Jayson Nix 2hr = $4
Robinson Cano 21hr = $42
Ichiro Suzuki 6hr = $12
Lyle Overbay 11hr = $22
Brennan Boesch 3hr = $6
Francisco Cervelli 3hr = $6
Chris Stewart 3hr = $6
Ben Francisco 1hr = $2
David Adams 2hr = $4
Curtis Granderson 1hr = $2

Mark Teixeira 3hr = $6
Zoilo Almonte 1hr = $2

Total 87 hrs = $174


Rich Mahogany said...

Honestly, based on that "Ugly" section, you should be paid to write about the Yankees.

ARod constantly finds new ways to exhibit incredibly poor judgment. He has limitless resources, yet he sends his MRI to a doctor who goes on WFAN. That's like ARod consulting an attorney about his legal options and the attorney describing the conversation on WFAN the next day. It's a breach of privilege. The doctor is to blame, but ARod chose the guy, apparently without any vetting to determine whether he is a total scumbag.

The Yankees' attempt to make ARod the face of the franchise will go down as the worst front office move in baseball history, if it hasn't already.

Fernando Alejandro said...

The worst thing about it is that we knew it was a bad signing back when they made it. Cashman knew as much. But there was no convincing Hank Steinbrenner.

Rich Mahogany said...

After thinking about the doctor interview some more, I realized (it should have been obvious) that ARod wanted the doctor to go on WFAN because the doctor supported ARod's position that he is ready to play. Which is basically what you wrote.

So it's not a matter of ARod picking a doctor who is disreputable because he would divulge private information, and more about ARod picking a doctor who is disreputable because he would help ARod wage a PR campaign against his own team.

We knew the ARod contract was bad when it was signed, but the same way we know all huge free agent contracts are bad when signed: the player will decline and end up getting hugely overpaid in his later years. And when ARod carried the team to a championship in 2009 - after "coming clean" about PED use - I thought those inevitable bad years would be worth it for the good years. Then came the biggest double whammy you can get: a rapid decline combined with another, more serious PED scandal that makes his earlier apologies for PED use essentially a sham. So there will be no good years, and the good years have been retroactively made worse, much like the fourth Indiana Jones movie made it harder to enjoy the first three.

Chelsey said...

This is awesome!