Tuesday, October 03, 2006

best team ever?

evidently andTim is watching the American League Division Series tonight as well, since as i am typing this post he has already endorsed Alex Rodriguez. there is no question he is one of the best players that will ever play the game. he does have a knack for drawing attention to himself though. i have been a Rangers fan for about 4 years now and for some reason or another a lot of people disliked him. perhaps it was because he handcuffed the team with his unprecedented and irrefutably ridiculous salary. or maybe it is because he occasionally says things like the following excerpt from ESPN.com...

"[Mike] Mussina doesn't get hammered at all," he told SI. "He's making a boatload of money. Giambi's making [$20.4 million], which is fine and dandy, but it seems those guys get a pass. When people write [bad things] about me, I don't know if it's [because] I'm good-looking, I'm biracial, I make the most money, I play on the most popular team ..."

hmmm. really? this is also the same guy who says you can take his house and his cars away from him, but just don't take his clothes. nice.

i totally got sidetracked from my original post, which was that Mr. Rodriguez happens to be a key player on the best team of all time. i have no idea if the 2006 Yankees will win the World Series, but it seems like they probably should. look at this lineup...

Johnny Damon
Derek Jeter
Bobby Abreu
Gary Sheffield
Jason Giambi
Alex Rodriguez
Hideki Matsui
Jorge Posada
Robinson Cano

you may say..."yeah, thats pretty solid except for that unknown Robinson Cano dude." well, you may not know his name yet, but considering the guy hit .342 with 15 homers and a .525 slugging percentage in 122 games this year you will probably get to know him. oh, did i mention he is 23 years old? yeah, probably has some more good years ahead of him.

this roster is ridiculous. they didn't get shutout until the 73rd game of the season, which was the second game of a doubleheader that had been delayed due to heavy rains. i would consider these adverse conditions and almost do not even count it as a true shutout. Matsui and Sheffield didnt even play, and Posada had one pinch hit at bat.

if the Yankees do not win the World Series this year i would be surprised. the only thing holding them back is that they have a near-geriatric pitching staff. on a side note, 2007 is the 'Stros year.


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