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This Week’s Yankees News Brings…

C.C. Sabathia’s Big Offer

C.C. Sabathia, the top pitching Free Agent this year found not a horses head but a 6 year $140million contract offer from the Yankees. I think they call those offers you can’t refuse. Sabathia’s other offer is in the $100million range from the Brewers for whom he did half a season of rental work. Nobody else has put anything on th table, because nobody else needs Sabathia like the Yankees do. C.C. has said he likes the NL, the batting, the Left Coast and whatever else but f the Yankees come calling, do you really turn them down?

If he does and signs with the Brewers, that will be the toughest, biggest call made by an athlete in the Free Agent era. Leaving $40 million on the table is going to be an amazing thing. There’s even speculation that the Players Association might just lean on Sabathia to take that Yankee offer if nothing else manifests in the same vicinity.

Fans object too much when players go for the money.It’s the only moment where they get to put their talents on the market and have the oners bid for their talents in an unrestricted way. It’s not the drfta or the arbitration, and it takes them a long time to get there. At th end of the day, it’s “show me the money”, but it’s also, “only money”. If Sabathia went elsewhere for the money, I can’t really object.

Heck, I’d go for the money. Well, I’m a Yankee fan, so I’d go for Yankee money any day, but that’s besides the point. As the standard joke gos, “sure I’d listen if 20th Century Fox called up and gave me a 3 picture deal.”

Hal Takes Over As MLB Point Man

Hal Steinbrenner, the younger of the two ‘Steinbratz’ has been accepted as the controlling owner of the New York Yankees, replacing his old man George. We’ve known for some time that George was fading out of the picture, but this announcement pretty much settles it. Hal, the young sane one, has remained reasonable under the press glare. One sort of wonders if this is the beginning of a more sane, corporate Yankees.

Hank for all his bluster to the press, doesn’t seem to be the over-riding voice. It really does seem the troika of the Steinbrenner brothers and Brian Cashman are steering the Yankees. The wish of every long-standing Yankees fan – apart from a World Series ring every year – is that the Yankees at least behave a bit more normally than their turbulent years; though the benefit and the harm of the tubulence (and the lack thereof) tends to get over-stated, it’s sane management we want.

Other than to note it, I won’t eulogise the passing of the George Steinbrenner era. The man is not yet dead, and I do wish him more years with better health. For me, the memories are all golden.

Mike Mussina’s Retirement

Moose hung up his cleats. He has told the press that it was always the plan from january this year. I know I’m going to miss Moose. he was always good for a quip or a quote according to the press men. He always struck me as a obsessive, but it’s always the crafty pitchers you remember. Him and Orlando Hernandez must be two of my favourite pitchers to watch.

He’s also doing the extremely difficult – he’s leaving the game on his own terms. He still has a lot left in the tank. The projections on him have him at 3.1 wins above replacement level, making him the 4th most valuable pitcher out there in the Free Agent market.

Just Where Was Joe DiMaggio As A Nation Turned Its Lonely Eyes?

Well, for a start, he was married to Marylin Monroe. There’s a cool link here.

He was then 39, she was 27. They had been married in January of that year, 1954, despite disharmony in temperament and time; he was tired of publicity, she was thriving on it; he was intolerant of tardiness, she was always late. During their honeymoon in Tokyo an American general had introduced himself and asked if, as a patriotic gesture, she would visit the troops in Korea. She looked at Joe. “It’s your honeymoon,” he said, shrugging, “go ahead if you want to.”

She appeared on 10 occasions before 100,000 servicemen, and when she returned, she said, “It was so wonderful, Joe. You never heard such cheering.”

“Yes, I have,” he said.

Ain’t that the way?

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