I appreciate King Kaufman's Daily Sports column at Salon.com and this post is dead on. When Steve Phillips is yapping about trading A-Rod, you know the only solution is not to do that. Seriously, Steve "I love Bobby Bonilla and Jeremy Burnitz" was on Mike and Mike on ESPN radio strongly rehashing his Baseball Tonight arguements. Both Trey Wingam and Greeny were quite incredulous. Kaufman is dead-on in his analysis. Let's trade a future hall of famer at his absolute nadir in trade value for ... well if it was Phillips I imagine he'd try for Phil Nevin, Richie Sexon, Aramis Ramirez or Geoff Jenkins.
Jonathan Kincaid, whose blather I listen to in the showers on Sunday mornings before church usually is just annoying. This Sunday, though, the Philly native was bashing us Northeast sports fans. Sure, we're passionate, he said. But are we really intellligent? How many emotionally fragile yet supremely talented athletes do we run out of town to the detriment of our teams? He put up Ron Jaworski as an example and A-Rod to come.
A-Rod will never be David Ortiz and nor will he hit 1.000 with 250 home runs and 900 RBIs. It is not A-Rod's fault that the Yankees choked in 2004, everybody and everything got foosed. Rivera got rattled by Dave Roberts. It rained. Kevin Brown sucked at pitching. Curt Schilling faked an injury and somehow escaped karmatic retribution.
Do you really want the Yankees to trade A-Rod and be forced to rely on Melky Cabrera's bat?