A-Rod’s Gun of an Arm

Watching the Yankees win tonight – what a concept! – was a lot more pleasurable than watching them lose, regardless of the standings. Ponson was decent. Abreu stayed hot in spite of his sore wrist. Bruney and Mo were sharp. (Joba? Not so much.) But mostly I was struck by A-Rod’s defense. He really showed off his arm tonight with some dazzling throws to first. The guy can gun it – a fact that gets lost in all the talk about not hitting in the clutch. When he opted out of his contract last year and there was speculation that we’d go after Joe Crede, I kept thinking how much we’d miss his arm, not to mention all those RBIs. Now he’s ours for the next decade. I know there are some Yankee fans who’d trade him in a heartbeat, but I’m not one of them.

Off topic, here’s hoping everyone in the blogosphere stays safe when Hurricane Ike makes landfall next week. He looks like a bad one. I used to live in Florida and I remember how hairy hurricane season was, especially in September. If they tell you to evacuate, do it!!!!

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I very much enjoyed the win. The Yankees of old made a return, if only for one game and it was a hell of a surprise. The Yanks kept smacking hits and scoring and I’m thinking: OoOoOkay, what is going on? Lol.
A-Rod’s arm is indeed amazing. I can’t get enough of watching him stiiiill nail a runner by half a step, despite taking his time.
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V: What I forgot to say about that win last night is that without it the Yankees would have dropped to FOURTH place. Never mind the division or the wild card. How about at least finishing third? I will not be amused if we end up behind the Jays, no matter how good their pitching is.

– Jane

Am I the only one who thinks the Mariners, with all of that young starting pitching, can turn things around as early as next year if they put the right manager (Bobby Valentine? Buck Showalter?) in place? And three words why Les Miserables, Erik Bedard is going to win 16-18 games next year—impending free agency—-$$$$$.
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I never thought the Mariners would be the worst team in a weak division. But who’s the “right manager” to blend the talents of Beltre, Ichiro and Ibanez (they should be tearing up the league with just those three alone!), with the young arms? Bobby Valentine’s a good thought but Showalter? Hm. I was sort of thinking he could take Brian Cashman’s place as the Yankees GM if Cash goes elsewhere. And let’s not forget that Willie Randolph is available.

– Jane

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