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I Like A-Rod, but I also Like Pizza
Monday, October 16, 2006
Honestly, If I were Joe Torre I would put A-Rod on 24-hour suicide watch. He's one insultingly cheesy pun away from losing it.

It's been a rough month for A-Rod. The ALDS was nothing if not disastrous for the poor little lamb ("highlights" include 4 strikeouts and a throwing error), and the New York fans and media have been on his case like Larry H. Parker after a work-related accident ever since. As if the relentless public skewering weren't enough, A-Rod had a run-in with the aviation gods last week, and they seemed just as displeased with him as the rest of the world. His plane careened off the runway in L.A. last Friday, and although he escaped free from any physical harm, his nerves were undoubtedly rattled. With trade talk, the "A-Fraud" quips and his in-flight fright, his mental health is once again at the top of my list of concerns (right above "school"). As I've mentioned before, I am an A-Rod supporter and truly value his athletic prowess - not to mention the fact that I would love to see him break some records (and he will) with the Yankees - but as a licensed clinical therapist and certified baseballologist (I am neither) I must concede that A-Rod would likely be happier and therefore more productive on a more supportive smaller-market team.

...Which brings me to my next point. Lou "hold on to your bases" Piniella (left: it took 4 photographers and one of those tranquilizer guns they use to subdue rabid bears to get Lou to calm down enough for this picture) has been hired as the Cubs' new head honcho, and its been rumored that his first order of business is to squire A-Rod away from the Yanks and into Chi-town. A-Rod and Piniella worked together back in Seattle from 1994-2000, and they seem to have a great mutual respect for one another. The Cubs have already made it clear that they intend to increase their payroll for the 2007 season, meaning that they could feasibly afford to pay whats left on A-Rod's contract (he has 4 years left with the Yankees for a total of $66.6 million).

Of course, Cashman has stated publicly that he is not looking to deal A-Rod at this point, and A-Rod has a no-trade clause in his contract, meaning that he can put the kibosh on any trade he doesn't fancy. However, if Piniella were to make Cashman an offer for A-Rod (although I'm not sure who the Yankees would want from the Cubs...perhaps an agreement involving Chicago deep-dish pizza could be arranged) it seems that there might be a good chance the A-Rod would wave his no-trade clause to play with his trusted manager and friend in Chicago.

This is, of course, all speculation at this point. Post-season performance aside, A-Rod is a great asset to any team and its hard to envision a situation in which trading A-Rod would bring the Yankees any players that can put up the regular season numbers he does.

But as my dear friend Joe Morgan so insightfully proclaims, "anything's possible in baseball!"

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, October 16, 2006  
  • At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Adam B. said…

    Yanks Chick, one thing I learned over the past week is that apparently if the Yankees trade A-Rod, the money that was being kicked in for his contract is lost, meaning that the Yankees wouldn't be sending the $9 million or so along. That is, Texas wouldn't be spending that money anymore. So that makes a deal tougher

  • At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Nick said…

    Are you CRAZY? Deep dish pizza? In NY? Heads would roll. I mean, maybe a string of sausage or something, but theres no way New Yorkers would accept the deepdish. A slice of NY style pizza is far superior then a whole chicago deepdish "pie". I am deeply distressed by your proposed trade agreement and am seriously considering no longer viewing this site as my definitive source of Yankee news.

  • At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Eddy said…

    I agree with Yankees Chick support of A-Rod and also feel his success in baseball may be more productive outside of the Apple, nevertheless the loss of A-Rod would leave voids which would be hard to fill. Hate to say goodbye to a sure Hall-of-Famer.
    At the same time I have to agree with Nick in that nothing beats walking down 8th Ave. with a thin slice of pepperoni pizza folded in half with the grease dripping down your wrist.

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