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A message to Arod: Demand a Trade now or Opt Out!!!!

With the All-star break, Home Run Derby and All-Star game generating lower than expected ratings (The HR Derby was down 10% form last year) the baseball writer’s of America turned to the one place they know they will get headlines and create discussions…..Where will Arod play next year? So this week we have seen reporters write about and provide their insight as to where Arod will end up at the end of the year:

Cubs – Piniella is his second dad and Piniella’s wife is his second mom
Angels – Artie Moreno loves him
Dodgers – They have the money and are low key
Giants – They have the money and need a big name draw once they elect not to resign Barry next year
Red Sox – They would love to stick it to the Yanks
Mariners – A coming home party
White Sox – Kenny Williams needs a big name after he deals some veterans this trading deadline

As a life long Yankee fan, I do not care. All I want is for him to opt out of his contract. He was a loser in Seattle, a loser in Texas and is clearly a loser in New York. It is fitting that he is having his best season as a Yankee and the Yanks are not competitive and having one of their worst seasons in a long time. A lot of Arod supporters say he is not to blame, that Cashman signed bad pitchers, or the team is not hitting around him or the bullpen is weak. These are excuses that some can point to and Arod is certainly not responsible for Luis Vizcaino’s horrible year. Here is fact, plain and simple, Arod is not a winner, never has been and never will. I wish I could provide more insight as to why this is or explain how the Yankees clubhouse is different since he showed up. I follow and pay attention to facts and the fact is a very simple one in my eyes….Arod is a loser and his team loses when he plays for them.

So I want Arod to opt out. I want that money freed up to pursue the moster free agents that will be available in 2009, not even next year but in 2009 like Texeira, Johan, Miguel Cabrera. I would rather see any one of these players than Arod and I might just see all three. Cashman has said he will not negotiate with Arod if he opts out and I hope he sticks to his guns. It was rumoured today that Cashman was willing to negotiate during the season to try and sign Arod to an extension, something he has been unwilling to do with Bernie, Rivera, Posada, etc… I do not know if this was rumor or not but Boras already said he will not negotiate with the Yanks during the season. I love it. I love hearing this. It pretty much assures me that Arod will opt out and the Yanks can reverse their recent cycle of losing.

Arod..we will never forget that you were part of the largest collapse in the history of sports when the Yanks choked their 3 game lead to the Red Sox and you were absolutely terrible. We also remember how bad and messed up you were when Torre had to drop you to 8th in the lineup.

So please opt out when you are eligible. I found out that he can opt out 10 days after the World Series ends and I am counting down the days. I will likely set up a counter once I find out when the baseball playoffs are scheduled. Please please please opt out. I will send your classy wife as many F*** You shirts as she wants if you opt out and leave the Bronx forever. The Yanks fans deserve better than you.

***7/13/2007 Update*** Looks like the Yanks were also reaching out to Mo and Posada. Smart move on their part. the Yanks need these players especially now more than ever. Check out the article.

This is a great sign also. Cashman is the man. Yankees opt to give A-Rod an ultimatum. I love that the Yanks are drawing a line in the sand right now saying that it is all up to Arod. They will negotiate a new contract EXTENSION now, not a new contract and if, or more likely when he opts out they will not negotiate with him at all. If the Yanks are not in the market for Arod in the offseason than Boras will not have any leverage in the open market. Boras needs the Yanks involved. It will be great to see Cashman say that he wanted Arod to stay and had a contract letting him do so and Arod chose to opt so it is all on Arod’s shoulders. He never really wanted to win in NY, he could not stomach the pressure, he really wanted more money and the list goes on and on. Bye Bye Arod, you will forever remain the player who played to Jeter’s right in the field.

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July 12, 2007 Posted by | Cubs, Giambi, Joe Torre, Mariano Rivera, MLB, Red Sox, Sports, State of the Yankees, World Series, Yankees | 3 Comments

Great American Road Trip 2007

Greetings. The Summer is upon us and the weather couldn’t be better. That said, I’m on the verge of fulfilling a dream of mine I’ve had for as long as I can remember. I’m going to take the Summer off and drive across the great United States. Still in the planning phase, but my goal is to see as many MLB stadiums, National parks, large balls of rubberbands, blocks of cheese and sketchy people as I can see in a little over 30 days.  That said, I worked out my itinerary and wanted to pass it along for any feedback or suggestions anyone can give.

Here is the breakdown so far:

  • Thursday, 7/26/07: St. Louis for the Cubs-Cards. I live in Chicago,
  • Friday, 7/27/07: Budweiser Brewery Tour, The Arch, STL sites, drive to KC.
  • Saturday, 7/28/07: Negro League Hall of Fame, Get ribs at Arthur’s, Royals-Rangers game.
  • Sunday, 7/29/07: Drive to Denver/Boulder;
  • Monday, 7/30/07: Drive to Jackson, WY. Visit Rocky Mountain National Park and Tetan National Park on the way.
  • Tueaday, 7/31/07: Drive to Missoula, MT. Do whatever it is they do in Montana. Is Sam Hoffman still up there?!?!
  • Wednesday, 8/1/07: Drive to Seattle. Mariners-Angels game.
  • Thursday, 8/2/07: Begin drive to San Fran. Stop somewhere in OR or WA.
  • Friday, 8/3/07: Arrive in San Fran./Oaktown. See the sites. Track down Al Davis and MC Hammer. A’s-Angels game (I’m going to try and get Vlad Guerrero to ride with me from Seattle to Oakland between games).
  • Saturday, 8/4/07: Tour SF.
  • Sunday, 8/5/07: Napa.
  • Monday, 8/6/07: Monterray, Big Sur and Giants-Nationals game.
  • Tuesday, 8/7/07: Drive to LA. Angels-Red Sox game.
  • Wednesday, 8/8/07: Drive to Phoenix. D’Backs-Bucks game.
  • Thursday, 8/9/07: Drive to Santa Fe.
  • Friday, 8/10/07: Drive to Denver. Rockies-Cubs game.
  • Saturday, 8/11/07: Drive to Arlington/Dallas. Stop in OK City. See the Bombing Monument. Hangout with Nate Newton, Michael Irvin and TO. Hopefully avoid any stabbings. Rangers-Royals game.
  • Sunday, 8/12/07: Drive to Houston. Astros-Brewers game.
  • Monday, 8/13/07: Drive to San Antonio. See the sites.
  • Tuesday, 8/14/07: Drive to Jackson, MI. Take the Civil Rights tour. Listen to some Blues.
  • Wednesday, 8/15/07: Drive to Hotlanta. Enter Peanut in Michael Vick’s next dog fighting match. He will represent. Braves-Giants game.
  • Thursday, 8/16/07: Drive to Orlando. Possibly hit Disney. Or, head to Ft. Lauderdale to hit the beach.
  • Friday, 8/17/07: Drive to Miami. Hit South Beach.
  • Saturday, 8/18/07: South Beach. Marlins-Giants game.
  • Sunday, 8/19/07: Drive to Tampa Bay. D’Ray-Indians game.
  • Monday, 8/20/07: Hangout in FLA.
  • Tuesday, 8/21/07: Drive to NC. Hit Outter Banks.
  • Wednesday, 8/22/07: Outter Banks.
  • Thursday, 8/23/07: Outter Banks.
  • Friday, 8/24/07: Drive to Baltimore. Orioles-Twins game.
  • Saturday, 8/25/07: Drive to Philly/S. Jersey. Phillies-Padres game.
  • Sunday, 8/26/07: Drive to NYC. Mets-Dodgers game.
  • Monday, 8/27/07: Drive to Philly. See the sites.
  • Tuesday, 8/28/07: Drive to NYC. Yanks-Red Sox game!!!!
  • Wednesday, 8/29/07: Head to Upstate. Do a massive amount of laundry.
  • Thursday, 8/30/07: Upstate.
  • Friday, 8/31/07: Drive to Toronto. Blue Jays-Mariners game.
  • Saturday, 9/1/07: Drive back to Chitown.
  • Sunday, 9/2/07: Cubs-Astros game.

 That’s the plan for now. Feel free to give feedback and suggestions.

Runny

July 9, 2007 Posted by | Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Michael Vick Dog Fighting, National Parks, NC, Philly, Royals, S. Jersey, Seal Beach, Seattle | Leave a comment

MLB, NBA & UFC Picks

No lines available for the NBA match-ups for Tuesday, but I’ll keep my eyes open for any good ones. There are a couple of MLB lines I like though, and the first offerings for the UFC card this weekend are out. Here goes my picks:

MLB

  • Pirates @ Cards. The Bucks pulled off a nice win on Monday night, handing the Cards another loss at home. The Cards are terrible at home so far, going 1-5 out the gate in the Busch. Two youngsters square off against each other tomorrow. Wainwright for the Cards and Tom Gorzelanny for the Bucks. I’m a huge fan of both, but I like Wainwright at home in this one. I think the Cards rebound. I’m taking the Cards -160.
  • Padres @ Cubs. Maddux makes his return to Wrigley against Wade Miller. Miller has been sporadic and injuires have killed him the past few years. Despite the Padres being on the road, they have Maddux who knows his way around Wrigley. Soriano will be out for the game. I’m taking the Padres -110.
  • Rangers @ White Sox. After the Chubbies lose to the Padres, hop on the Red Line and head to The Cell for the Sox-Rangers. Garland is on the hill for the White Sox. He has been inconsistent. So have the Sox bats. They will be looking to rebound at home. I just think Robinson Tejada outpicthes him tomorrow. I also think the Rangers bats will be more awake. I’m taking the Rangers +125.
  • Giants @ Rockies. This is my favorite line of tomorrow’ games. Matt Cain and the Giants are slight underdogs. They should be favorites. Bonds will homer. I’m taking the Giants +100.
  • Red Sox @ Jays. Nomo II makes his third start. His first north of the border. I still think he is overrated. The light hitting Mariners showed they could beat him at home and in front of a huge audience (locally and globally). The problem for him is the Jays are not the Mariners. The Sox will cool down, too. I’m taking the Jays +135. 

UFC

  • Cro Cop vs. Gonzaga. Cro Cop is one of my favorite fighters. HUGE fan. I’ve been psyched he made the jump from Pride. I’ve expected him to kick the snot (literally) out of anyone Dana White throws his way. He lived-up to expectations in his debut a couple of months ago. Before I saw the lines for this weekend, I was all over Cro Cop no matter what the line started at. But, I do think Gonzaga can beat him. He is mean and he fights with a lot of heart. This has OSU Syndrome written all over it. However, Cro Cop is not OSU. I think the line is actually lower than it will be on fight night. I’ll watch it throughout the week as well, but I’d take it right now because I think it will only get worse. I’m taking Cro Cop -500.
  • Arlovski vs. Werdum. I’m also a huge fan of The Spider. He just seems like a train wreck in and out of the octagon. The lines is even right now (both fighters are at -110), which is good. I think he pounces and he will be a favorite by fight night. I’m taking Arlovski now -110.

Those are tomorrow’s (and Saturday’s) picks for now. I’ll keep my eyes opened for the NBA lines. I like a few games, but will wait to see what Vegas thinks.

 Good luck.

Runny

April 17, 2007 Posted by | Betting, Cubs, Dice-K, Gambling, Japan, Mariners, MLB, mma, nba, Red Sox, ufc, Winning Picks | Leave a comment