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Friday, October 06, 2006


Yesterday morning at the end of shul, one of my chaverim, the Holy Mashgiach, asked me if I wanted two tickets to the Yankees game that had been postponed due to rain on Wednesday night. The Mashgiach had gotten the tickets from a balabus and gone the previous night but, because he to mash, couldn't go that day. I said yes in a nano second. I rearranged my afternoon meetings and took the number 4 train up to the Bronx at around 12:15.

The seats were field level, 7 rows back ($206 face value each).

It was a nice day, but I would have preferred the third base side, in the sun. But, recipients of free $206 tickets can't be choosy.

The Yankees were really flat but that's not what I want to write about. I want to write about the tortured soul called A-Rod.

Readers of this space know that I have been a defender of Mr. Rodriguez. His numbers over the past 10 years are historic. He is one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game. He is also the best fielding shortstop on the Yankees.

But, oh, is he pathetic.

Even I, a sybermetrics guy who doesn't believe there is much to the concept of clutch hitting (for example, the great Derek Jeter's post-season numbers are virtually the same as his in-season numbers), have to admit that A-Rod seems to be the ultimate choke artist.

Yesterday he struck out three times, the first time with the bases loaded and two outs on three straight pitches from a pitcher who, until that moment had walked two batters and was having an impossible time getting the ball over the plate.

This just won't fly in New York. He is doomed in New York.


  • At 11:54 AM, Blogger blueenclave said…

    I know! I expected it of A-Rod.

  • At 11:55 AM, Blogger blueenclave said…

    In the postgame interview Todd Jones ASKED THE FANS TO COME TO THE GAME! Unreal.

  • At 12:05 PM, Blogger blueenclave said…

    The reason not to root for the Mets has evaporated. If there is a Game 5, it will be in St. Louis on Monday b'ezras Hashem.

  • At 4:47 PM, Blogger blueenclave said…

    Some folks like to get away
    Take a holiday from the neighborhood
    Hop a flight to Miami Beach
    or to Hollywood
    I'm just taking a Greyhound
    down the Hudson River line
    I'm in a New York state of mind

    I've seen all the movie stars
    In their fancy cars and their limousines
    Been high in the Rockies
    under the evergreens
    But I know what I'm needing
    And I don't want to waste more time
    I'm in a New York state of mind

    It was so easy living day by day
    With the Midwest swing, rhythm and blues
    But now I need a little give and take
    The New York Times, the Daily News

    It comes down to reality
    And it's fine with me cause I've let it slide
    Don't care if it's Shea Stadium or on Riverside
    I don't have any reasons
    I left them all behind
    I'm in a New York state of mind

    (MoC likely does not know that "Midwest Swing" was a record by the St. Lunatics which got some airplay on 106th & Park)

  • At 4:53 PM, Blogger blueenclave said…

    (IMHO the last post could not be considered Kol Ishah)

  • At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I believe Alex has played his final game in pinstripes. He may be a good player, but he doesn't fit in here. The Yankees can get something good in return. Trade him now... for his sake, for the fans' sake, for the team's sake!

  • At 3:07 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    There is no one to trade him for. He is the best third baseman (and shortstop) in baseball. who will they get in return?


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