I love the Yankees but I’ve always been disgusted by the hypocrites who call sports talk radio to voice their displeasure with A-Rod, he’s a disgrace to pinstripes, he’s a cheat, he’s a bum, get him out of here. These same hypocrites however proudly boast of all the Yankees championships including the most recent one in 2009. A championship the Yankees don’t win if it wasn’t for A-Rod.
A-Rod is no doubt a flawed figure and almost all of his troubles were self inflicted. But by all accounts his teammates love him and he goes out of his way to help and support the young kids on the Yankees. I think it speaks volumes that after everything the Yankees still want him to be a part of the organization and work with the next generation of Bronx Bombers. I don’t think any of us will ever know and even if we did understand what fueled a man blessed with his physical abilities to make some of the bad decisions A-Rod has made. He forever tarnished what should have been a career for the ages. Yet In a sports world where we cheer for known domestic violence abusers because they can still help our team win or turn a blind eye to other crimes against women and society because the accused can sack the quarterback I’m not going to burn A-Rod at home plate because of his PED sins. Rather I’ll accept them as part of he was and judge him as a whole. Because despite 696 home runs he is still only a man and men make mistakes.
I interrupt the start of this baseball season for an important message.
Ok Mets fan we get it your team is good, real good. But stop with the narrative that Yankees fans are bandwagon fans, that we won’t support them in a rebuild. I mean come on until midway through last summer Citi wasn’t exactly rocking. Not like Mets fans were packing the joint. Not like the line at Shake Shack wasn’t longer than people actually watching the game. So enjoy your team it should be a real fun summer out in Flushing but please stop talking about my Yankees and their fans.
That is all I now return to your season already in progress.
The Yankees jumped right in at the general manager’s meeting trading John Ryan Murphy to the Twins for outfielder Aaron Hicks. With this trade the Yankees youth movement continues, albeit at a glacial pace. This is yet another small but smart move by Brian Cashman. Hicks is a plus defender and immediately becomes the Yankees best defensive outfielder. He was a prime time prospect, a 2008 first round draft pick who has been slow to develop but looks to have turned the corner and at just 26 years of age he’s six years younger than both Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. With Didi Gregorius at short stop and Hicks potentially in center the Yankees have the making of a solid defense up the middle.
Murphy may be a solid catcher down the road but he’s stuck behind Brian McCann and not nearly the talent Gary Sanchez is who had a nice season in AA AND AAA and is just ripping up the Arizona Fall league. This move also allows them to explore moving Gardner and beside the obvious financial flexibility that would afford the Yankees they may be able to get a young starter for him and if last year showed anything you can never have enough starting pitching.
Now if only Cashman could find a taker for Mark Teixeira so they could play Greg Bird everyday and convince Carlos Beltran he best helps the team in a part time role next year so they can see what they have in Arron Judge this team may be on the way to ripping up their AARP card.