I wrote a column today for The Journal News and LoHud.com tomorrow about the A-Rod departure from the Yankees and the whole circus that the Bombers have become.
Has anybody noticed that, from the moment the Yankees obtained Alex Rodriguez out from under Boston’s nose, the two organizations have been juxtaposed — that the Red Sox are now two-time World Series champs in that four-year span, and a franchise that just reeks with class, especially from gentleman manager Terry Francona on down.
And that the Yankees in that span have had nothing but disastrous finishes, from the 0-3 comeback by the Sox in the 2004 ALCS to first-round exits in each of the next three years.
Plus, the Yankees’ organizationally have become a comedy act again, starting with the new boss, the chain-smoking, loose-cannon Son of a Steinbrenner, Hank, who rips away at everybody. With the Steinbrenner kids and Randy Levine running things the Yankees have now:
Rid themselves of Joe Torre, one of the most popular and successful managers ever; Rodriguez, who, love him or hate him, will have won his second MVP in three years and will leave an enormous hole in the YankeesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ power-challenged lineup; Don Mattingly, the most beloved living Yankee this side of Yogi Berra, who wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t return as coach now that Joe Girardi has been offered the managerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s job; legend Ron Guidry, TorreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pitching coach who is reporedly not coming back either.
And it might end up costing more active legends Ã¢â‚¬â€ Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte.
Oh, what a mess.
I’m not defending A-Rod, who opted out and made himself an ex-Yankee, and who did it in the most classless way possible, trying to upstage the Red Sox as they were about to clinch their second title in four years.
A-Rod gave lip service to his love for New York and desire to stay. He was full of it, just as his agent Scott Boras is full of it when he defends the decision to opt out, saying that Alex is worried about the direction of the franchise, about who will be the new manager, about whether Rivera and Posada and Pettitte will re-up.
Baloney! A-Rod and Boras are all about the Benjamins. They will squeeze every last nickel out of the next sucker. He could have made another $230 million or so by staying a Yankee. That’s not enough? When is it enough!!???
Girardi knows what he’s getting himself into here. Poor guy.