In a recent article, Derek Zumsteg recounted how bothersome it is to hear constant complaining about the Yankees dominating the game, especially because, well, they aren’t dominating the game. As Derek points out, the recent collective bargaining agreement requires that the Yankees pay their competitors for the privilege of employing Aaron Boone or, for that matter, Jose Contreras. Although the CBA does not mention the Yankees by name, much of the revenue sharing provisions will likely not affect anyone but them, and no one was really fooled by what the goal was. The recent CBA is not the first attempt to stack the deck against the Bronx Bombers.
Derek Jeter doesn’t think you can measure defensive performance. Brian Buchanan isn’t too good at laying one down. Umpire Tim Welke admits he was wrong; the Rockies don’t care. Marcus Giles wants to fight the scorekeeper. And Warren Spahn thinks the DL is for wimps. All this and many more quips for yout Monday edition of The Week In Quotes.
The Marlins pitching staff has carried the team into the thick of the Wild Card race. Soriano and Jeter are heading in opposite directions for the Yankees. The Pirates’ kids are all right. These and other news and notes out of Florida, New York, and Pittsburgh in today’s Prospectus Triple Play.
Once again, I watched the ESPN Sunday Night game in HD. Unfortunately, the great picture doesn’t make Joe Morgan any sharper. I had no rooting interest in the game, but hoped that I’d see something interesting. If a game-winning bomb by Albert Pujols off John Smoltz doesn’t count, maybe the unassisted triple play by Rafael Furcal does. I’d never seen one of those and if I’d blinked, I’d have missed it. The downside of HD is that TiVo doesn’t work, so there’s no pause, no rewind, no saving what I saw for posterity. I’ll file that game in my mind, with the others, and I’ll remind myself next time I say “Why am I watching this game? Sex and the City is on…” that in baseball, anything can happen, anytime.
I’ve already ruined any number of Padres seasons by writing columns on them right as they were peaking, so I waited on the Fish. I can’t wait anymore. Even after yesterday’s 5-4 loss to the Brewers, the Marlins are at 64-53, tied with the Phillies for the NL Wild-Card lead. It’s a great story for a team that has already provided some of the more interesting individual angles in the 2003 season. Dontrelle Willis made the All-Star team and will probably be the NL Rookie of the Year, even though he won’t deserve it. Mike Lowell, cancer survivor, is having his best season. The Fish are now managed by Jack McKeon, who is 72 years old and has never been to the postseason as a manager.