Mark McGwire took steroids to able his aging body to stay on pace with the length of the baseball season. McGwire seems to think his home-runs performance was organic and unrelated to the reason he could play each and every day.
The offense line is made up of the popular kid (the quarterback) and his two best buddies (the wide-recievers and running back). The highlights of a game almost always make-up of a long pass caught by the WR or a break-away run from the RB.
Did you ever thing how that WR got freed up to catch that ball? Or where that hole opened up to let the RB take-off?
A lot of the time that player is the tight end making the block. It’s the NFL‘s version of the middle reliever in baseball. The place is unglamorous, the position goes unappreciated but the player is indisp
ensable for a team. They get pegged with false claims of being too slow to not catch, to bulky to receive and to tiny to block.
It sure makes Fantasy Football easier because our of the top 30 tight-ends there are only fine options. TE’s lack of importance in Fantasy is irrelevant to their presence on the field.
The tight-ends make everyone look good. Constantly making a struggling QB look good-by catching a short pass on the fly to gain a few yards or a first down. Most TD’s would not score without the silent help of the offense’s humblest player.
A general manager‘s job is at the top of an organizations pyramid. GM’s put the best team he or she deems can win. Enticing players to come aboard takes resources and only a handful of MLB teams have unlimited ones.
Struggling franchises blaming it on lack of funding is quite common. The argument there is understandable to a point. Their has been so many teams to prove the theory false that keeps sports so human.
When teams make decisions debates are inevitable, but that’s different when not understanding it.
To use resources given to produce the best possible team to win.
Who can watch Rocky Four and not get goose bumps when Rocky beats Ivan Drago?
In Miracle when the USA Team of amateurs fights with heart, against every kind of odd; which makes you want to be that passionate, right?
The answers….NO-ONE and YES.
As a sports fan, moments that truly make a person feel a presence of greatness happen but not often. That’s because greatness is uncommon and that’s why it is so appreciated in sports.
This last season in the decade left Yankee fans with memories of major athletic achievements. With surreal moments that show not only the athlete but the character of a true living legends. As much as the athlete’s who hearts means much as the sport and the truest essence of ‘team’.
In no specific order, below are the Yankee moments of 2009 as the team’s best season of the decade:
1) Yankees fan or not, Derek Jeter is a superb athlete but also a good man. The captain who is as cool as can be, works hard and never gives-up. Jeter is one-of-a-kind.
Jeter practices what he preaches because he respects the gift bestrode on him. Jeter is one of the only athletes in sports who I can 100% guarantee he will not let his team, his fans, his Boss, nor his city down.
Captain Derek Jeter joins names like Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, Maris by passing the 72 year-long record for most hit as a Yankee. The legendary Lou Gehrig 2,722 hit-record could not have found a more honorable player to take his place.
2) On TV, radio or right in front of your eyes, Metallica’s Enter Sandman is the most comforting of tunes to a Yankee fans ears.
It’s an event that can happen a few times a week, playing above song each time, running out is the same man, who throws the same pitch. That would sound pretty boring and repetitive but it is literally like new each time.
That’s because no player can figure out the cutter, no fan respects a player more and Mariano Rivera is the greatest closing pitcher to ever play the game of baseball.
Against their cross-town rival Mets, Rivera earned his 500th save. Rivera is only the second player in MLB history to carry out this feat and couldn’t be more humble about it.
3) To win a World Series the entire organization from top to bottom has to click on every level. Baseball, more than any other sport is this a cause because the length of the season is so grueling, games have no timer so the end is unpredictable and a player whose attitude is off can be like a virus for a ball-club.
Alex Rodriguez had become the equivalent of swine flu in New York. His talents were obvious but not as much as his frustration and consistent feeling of disappointment. Just watching Alex since he’s worn pinstripes it was written all over his face. Arod worked harder and played harder than anyone but that was not the problem. Arod never relaxed, because who can be at ease when all you feel is left out?
The fact is if the Bombers wanted to win a World Series a miracle for Rodriguez’s mental issues was the missing link. Divorce and the constant target for the relentless NYC media made the booing turn to almost tears because you could not help but feel for the man.
This past season the world now knew what that burden Arod felt was, when the revelation of his name being on the infamous steroid list came to press.
Just if you were not aware, Arod did not have to come clean about his past. It was all just hear-say; because the list is sealed by the US Supreme Court and that would make it illegal, as well as disconcerting for the public to think a document of that stature could be available.
Here is a statement from the Player’s Union, “Information and documents relating to the results of the 2003 MLB testing program are both confidential and under seal by court orders. We are prohibited from confirming or denying any allegation about the test results of any particular player by the court orders. Anyone with knowledge of such documents who discloses their contents may be in violation of those court orders.”
That makes the issue bigger than just baseball as does that mean any sealed court document is that easy to get a peek at?
Arod requested an interview himself with baseball writer Peter Gammons at his Miami home. All that can be said is that takes a hell of a lot of courage to confess something of this nature.
It finally had the boy struggling with Rodriguez, to a man with nothing to hide.
4) The number 27 says it all; as the Yankees make the first year in a new house into a home. Couldn’t have done it better and fans couldn’t have asked for more.
Watch the tribute below that sums it up perfectly:
As Spring Training nears, all baseball teams have made adjustments in the off-season. The reality for fans will start to sink in that some of their hero’s will only be seen by them wearing another uniform.
The Yankees were no different as there will be no more ‘Got Melk’ or ‘Thrilla For Godzilla’ cheers at the stadium in 2010. Unfortunately, for Brian Cashman the weight of success falls on his shoulders.
Is Nick Johnson better fit than Matsui? Is Melky worth giving-up along with more prospects? Did the Yankees throw away minor league players to soon?
Also, for Cashman’s sake let’s hope that Yankee prospect Austin Jackson isn’t a natural in center field for the Detroit Tigers. Nothing will ignite fans fire more than watching another homegrown Yankee thrive on another team’s ball-club.
If the last decade baseball did learn lessons about winning. The first being the word ‘farm system’ became common lingo for fans, GM’s and the media chit-chat. The second is attitude means more than skills. For a team to win, it has to work.
The farm systems have been proven a key element for any MLB franchise’s success.
As a Yankee fan it is only natural to want to hate the team that proved everything that the Yankees did not do actually works. Even more annoying was that the team was the Boston Red Sox.
Boston’s 30-something GM, Theo Epstein truly believes team and the players that the Red Sox are grooming.
Think about it, the youngsters play Double-A and Triple-A ball for years together, learn together which makes it inevitable that they become familiar with each other.
Sometimes we tend to forget the baseball is a team sport. Play as a team and win as a team. It’s pretty simple.
With regard to the Yankees, paychecks and payrolls have nothing to do with camaraderie. It can attract big name players or aging superstars but that gives a team no guarantee for anything.
It takes so much to get through the long season overall. So to make the playoffs and to get to the World Series takes each part of a ball-club working. Not just showing-up everyday but going to extra mile whether it’s Skipper Joe Girardi, Arod, the bat-boy or the fans.
Each individual player needs to come together, while not relying on another picking up the slack for being lazy, but appreciating it when a player might be having an off day.
The fans watch everything and that’s what is at risk each season. Sports teams successes, profit and spirit lays with their fans.