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Sunday, February 08, 2009
I'll have more on this tomorrow, but if this report from Jon Heyman is correct, Gene Orza should resign or be fired first thing in the morning, and the whole of union leadership should rethink everything they've said and done with respect to PEDs over the past seven years:
No, this doesn't wash the hands of anyone else -- not the person who wrongfully leaked this information or Alex Rodriguez for using in the first place -- but Orza's actions and motivations, if Heyman is accurately describing them, constitute negligence and hubris of the highest order. No one charged with representing the interests of others as Orza is should ever be in a position to do as much damage as he appears to have done.
(thanks again to The Common Man for staying the hell on top of this story as I lounge my weekend away)
If I'm Ken Griffey Jr., I call a press conference for tomorrow morning to announce my retirement, because my historical stock will never be higher.
Sometimes I wonder if anyone understands that the New York Yankees are in the baseball business rather than politics or public relations:
Nine more years. Nine long, bold-headlined years. That is how much longer the Yankees are contractually obligated to put up with always-something Alex Rodriguez. With his celebrity distractions, his need to be noticed, his clubhouse-integration issues, his Derek Jeter envy and, yes, his prime-time failures.
This screed -- in the New York Times, not the tabloids -- only makes passing mention of the fact that people care about the New York Yankees because they are a baseball team, and that to the extent they care about Alex Rodriguez, it is because he is the best player on that team. Yes, many people will complain about the latest steroid news. I suppose even a few may give up on Rodriguez and the Yankees altogether, though if they do they are drama queens of the first order.
But to suggest that the Yankees are somehow suckers and Rodriguez somehow worthless in light of all of this is to misunderstand why anyone pays attention in the first place. It's baseball. It's a game. Alex Rodriguez will continue to play it better than just about any player. The Yankees will continue to win games at a clip surpassing just about any team. And the fans will continue to show up and root for them both -- the latter far more than the former, of course -- just the way they have for the past 109 years.