A-Rod: my two cents

I suppose I ought to comment on the A-Roid scandle — everybody else is! 🙂

I was disappointed to hear about A-Rod testing positive during a test in 2003; I’d hoped that he could have remained clean and surpassed Aaron’s record without any hint of juicing, but that’s out of the question now.

Here’s the thing that bothers me most about this whole thing: he (along with 103 other players) tested positive in an anonymous test in 2003. The test was designed to see how big the steroid problem was in MLB; it was a successful test — 95% of the players tested negative, but the positive number was large enough that strict penalties were put into place in 2004.

The test results were supposed to be destroyed immediately, but our government (with nothing better to do, apparently) confiscated the records. MLB has fought to regain them but has failed in the courts (*shock surprise!*)

Out of 104 players, A-Rod’s was the only results leaked; perhaps not coincidentally, the reporter breaking the story has a book coming out about A-Rod later this year. Hmmmm, do I smell a rat?

Should the remaining 103 player’s names be released? On one hand, yes — it isn’t fair to A-Rod. However, I believe that the remaining 103 names shouldn’t be released; 2 wrongs (or 104 wrongs in this case) don’t make it right.

MLB has had a decent drug policy in place since 2004; that has gotten lost in the recent media blitz. Should all players be randomly tested throughout the year? Perhaps; that would help close the book on the so-called “steroid era”.

What do I hope happens as a result of all this? I hope we can move on and get back to baseball, and watch as the Yankees capture our 27th World Series! 🙂

It begins!

Today’s the first spring training game! Woot!

Unfortunately, MLB.tv isn’t carrying it and there is no audio feeds so I won’t see it. But tomorrow’s game will be on MLB.tv! 🙂

Another Yankees acquisition

The Yankees have just signed Mark Teixeira (for an amazing 8-year $108M deal) so we know have a great switch-hitter and a Golden Glove first baseman. I’m sorry to see Giambi go, but if this is his replacement, sweet!

With this last acquisition, we know have a possibly incredible lineup (posted on mlb.com):

1. Johnny Damon LF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Alex Rodriguez 3B
4. Mark Teixeira 1B
5. Jorge Posada C
6. Hideki Matsui DH
7. Xavier Nady RF
8. Robinson Cano 2B
9. Brett Gardner CF

I’d like to see Posada catching this year; he’s a great catcher with a good bat, but I’m not sure how healthy he’ll stay. I thought Molina had a great year last year; wonder if he’s still a Yankee?

I’d like to see Melky in center, if his bat improves. Then again, at his lowest, he was still had a better average than Gardner (who is absolutely amazing on the bases).

Man, I can’t wait ’til season starts this year!

Yankees off-season updates

The Yankees have been busy this month. We’ve signed both CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett to help bolster our starting pitching rotation, and it sounds like we are serious about pursuing Mark Teixeira. It also looks like Andy Petitte will be back. But the Moose is gone; Mike announced his retirement in November.

I’m surprised by Sabathia — he wanted to stay in the National League, but I guess the $162 million dollar contract was enough to sway him. 🙂

I’m a bit concerned about Burnett; he has a history of getting injured, but I am hopeful he’ll work out.

With the new additions and Wang and Joba getting healthy, our pitching should do very well next year!

I was afraid Melky was going to be traded to the Brewers, but it looks like that deal has fallen apart. I think Melky is a better player than he showed last year; if you’ll remember, he hit well early in the season and he’s a great outfielder. He is doing well in the Dominican Winter League with a .304 average. So I’m hopeful he’ll be in center field next season. And even if he isn’t, I’ll still wear my “Got Melky?” shirts with pride! 🙂

Are you ready for some football? Apparently not…

I’m having a lot of difficulty getting into football this year. I really enjoyed baseball season and I wasn’t ready for it to end in October (especially with the Yankees out of the postseason). Purdue’s football team has had a rough season and the Colts started out very slow.

Now Purdue’s season will end tomorrow after the IU game and I can’t say that I’m not ready for it to be over. UPDATE: Wow! Purdue wins! 62-10! Where was this team earlier this year? 🙂

Maybe the Colts will start playing better (we’re 6-4 now, I think) so maybe I can salvage part of the season.

I may actually watch college basketball this year; Purdue is supposed to have a good team. I’m not so sure about Kentucky; North Carolina beat up on them pretty good this week.

Is it too early to be ready for baseball season yet? 🙂

Purdue wins! And so are the Yankees!

Man, that wasn’t a pretty win against Central Michigan, but it was a win!

With Purdue not playing as well as I hoped, and with all of the injuries to the Colts, I’m having a hard time getting into football this year. Maybe it’s because baseball season isn’t over yet. 🙂

This weekend’s the last series to be played in Yankees Stadium; that’s really sad, regardless of how nice the new stadium will be. So far, we’re sweeping the Orioles. And Jeter was able to pass Lou Gehrig’s hit count before the stadium’s torn down. That was nice to see.

Purdue lost to Oregon

Ouch! That was a painful game; we lost in the second overtime.

Purdue looked good in the first quarter but we didn’t do much offensively in the rest of the game. I don’t know whether we got complacent or Oregon started playing better defense, but we didn’t score again until late in the game.

Even with the loss, I’m hopeful for the season. Oregon is a good team and we took them down to the wire. Maybe that bodes well for the rest of the season.