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11 October 2005

Gay-Rod Lets the Yanks Down

Each year, as with WWII veterans, the number of people who actually saw the Great Dimaggio play, sharply diminishes, and so with each passing year does his aura. Back in 1969, a poll commissioned by Major League Baseball in comemoration of professional baseball's centennial named Dimaggio the Greatest Living Player. But a few years ago, the Yankee Clipper ended up 11th all-time in a Sporting News ranking. As the memories fade, all that's left are the stats. Among those ahead of him was his main rival, Ted Williams. But while Williams's stats seem to overwhelm Dimaggio's, Joltin' Joe was always the man wearing the ring. Few in the day, observing the two warriors in the heat of battle, doubted who stood on top.

Alex Rodriguez will finish his career with awesome stats that may well force the empiricists to judge him the greatest ever. But while his teamate Derek Jeter did everything he could in last night's game, A-Rod came up short each time. Even in the field, he couldn't make the plays he had to make. Even at the astonishing heights that major league players inhabit, there is still room for distinction between those with the balls to make a difference at a crucial moment and those who descend into mediocrity when the moment arises. For any baseball fan, given the choice of A-Rod or Jeter for your team, you going with the stats, or the man?

13 Comments:

Anonymous jimbo said...

Ziel, I share your frustration at another season thwarted in such disappointing manner. Though one cannot argue Steinbrenner´s history of success, I question his ability to scout heart in potential Yankees. Sure some players look better statistically in the long run, but are they able to come through with the decisive hit, get the third out, etc... when it matters. Heart. Think of the 77, 78 Yanks. Thurman, Catfish, Nettles, etc. The kind of guys you wouldn´t want to be stuck in a dark alley with.

October 11, 2005 5:55 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

Not that I want to pick on only A-Rod - Matsui went 0-for-5! Could you imagine Thurman going 0-fer in a final playoff game?

October 11, 2005 9:08 AM  
Anonymous daveg said...

Correct me if I am wrong, but the Yankee's haven't won the World Series since Paul O'Neil was not resigned.

That is the kind of player the Yanks need to have again -- someone with a permanent scowl on his face.

That, and some decent pitching.

October 11, 2005 11:35 AM  
Anonymous daveg said...

BTW, is anyone claiming a-rod is gay?

He does seem to overgroom for a MLB player.

October 11, 2005 12:21 PM  
Blogger Dennis Dale said...

Jeter may well one day be rated the greatest Yankee, and nobody would deserve it more. Not that I care, I'm a Dodger fan.
Lose weight now! Ask me how! Just kidding. what's the deal with these spam comments? Have the spammers figured out a way around word verification? Or are they manually assailing us with individual comments? These guys are like Iraqi insurgents working the pipeline.

October 11, 2005 4:59 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

BTW, is anyone claiming a-rod is gay?

Absolutely not - my use of "Gay-Rod" is purely as cheap insult. I would be astounded if it were true.

Dennis - I haven't turned on word verification because I haven't wanted to discourage commenting (I don't think it takes much to discourage it) - they're (the spam, that is) mildly humurous, so as long as they're only one or two per post I'll live with it for now.

October 11, 2005 5:33 PM  
Anonymous pha2t said...

Yanks don't need heart, they need pitching. The Blow Sox proved last year that a strong middle bullpen & 1 fast baserunner can wash away decades of futility. Strong pitching and defense will always beat a strong offense. Yanks need a centerfielder, a first baseman & about 6 more pitchers. Oh, Thurman did not go 0-fer in final game of 76, but it didn't matter.

October 12, 2005 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A-Rod has a wife and kids, not gay. and Jeter is the man

October 12, 2005 4:54 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Thurman had an awesome game 4 in '76. But, no, it certainly did not matter - they got whumped.

October 13, 2005 8:17 AM  
Anonymous james Francis(the other one) said...

Anonymous said...
A-Rod has a wife and kids, not gay. and Jeter is the man

Sounds like Ziel's # 2 daughter

October 26, 2005 9:28 PM  
Anonymous Wataki said...

Ziel said:
A-Rod has a wife and kids, not gay...

Yeah... So did Larry Craig.

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