Thursday, November 1, 2007
Behind The Scoreboard
First, let me say thanks for all the comments on the last two “Scoreboards.” Your comments are welcomed and appreciated.
The World Series came to a cascading fourth game on Sunday evening and the fans embracing the Colorado Rockies didn’t seem to be “too bummed out,” according to some of their observations. Sure, there were disappointments, but most appeared happy that the Rockies had made history by making it to the big games.
Now, some are saying that parity has finally been reached in the major leagues. That even the teams with the “below C level” paydays have a real shot at the World Series.
The disappointments perhaps stem from the manner in which the Rockies actually waltzed through the early round games, steamrolling opponents and rushing like an unstoppable juggernaut to the World Series games. I don’t think anyone who watched the game anticipated such a short series.
It was constantly blared throughout the media that the BoSox were searching for their seventh world title and first since ’04. The names which are known to all were pointed to as the ones who would help Boston chase the Yankees in World Series titles.
The Colorado faithful didn’t get down when the Red Sox whomped the Rockies 13-1 in game one. I don’t think they were too concerned when the second game ended at Fenway at 2-1. As a matter of fact that was a cause for optimism. With the games then moving to the high mountains next, the Rockies were sure to win the following games in Coors country. But, alas, you know the rest. Saturday was a bust and Sunday, the final hopes for even a victory fell from the mountain.
The Rockies will build from this matchless experience.
I am sure that most of you heard that the Yankess called Joe Torre in and offered him a one-year contract at about $3 million less than his last payday. Naturally, Torre turned them down and Big George and “Little George” (Steinbrenner’s son Hank), are looking for a new manager. Everyone knows the impressive record compiled by Torre while at New York.
The Steinbrenners had no problem offering a contract extension to Alex Rodriguez. The extension, if accepted, could bring “A-Rod” $25 to $30 million a year. If you recall, the highest paid player is nearing the option point in his $252 million contract.
Managers apparently don’t carry the same weight as gold chip players (please recognize the tongue in cheek in that statement).
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