Phew! Rumor has it that the greatest closer in the history of baseball will stay in pinstripes.That is great news for the New York Yankees who are said to be re-signing Mariano Rivera for 2 more years at $30 million.
Rumor has it that two of the Bombers biggest rivals, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels tried to steal Mo from New York.
One team supposedly offered Rivera 3-years at $17 million a season.
Only response too both suitors is loyalty is not gone from sports, as Rivera wants to stay for less money and years exactly where he started.
In 1981, Collins started managing in the minors, but this time he did break in to the majors. From 1993-99, he managed the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels.
COLLINS AND HIS MESS:
No doubt this new venture will be Collins hardest because the Mets are in dire straits.
See, unlike the other New York team, winning is not a word in the Mets vocabulary. Of course, neither is leadership, sportsmanship, respect, healthy or any other positive aspect used to describe a quality baseball team.
The life of sports fan can be mind-boggling at times.
Days are filled with fantasy teams, power rankings and ESPN as your emotions hang on a team or an individual athlete’s performance.
It fuels a passion beyond any restraint, which explains why we fans can’t get enough, most of the time.
As a New Year approaches, I started to reflect on 2010, and three stories stood out.
They were not the greatest sports stories but the headlines that started to make ESPN seem more like TMZ.
So, which headline gave me the biggest headache in 2010?
Without question it was “The Decision” starring NBA star Lebron James.
I will never forget that day, when I almost fainted when my mother asked me “Are you going to watch ‘the decision’ at home? Your father and I have a cocktail party but will be back in time.”
My mother, who is a wonderful woman, could care less about sports. This woman reads a book at Yankees games, has been to three Super Bowl‘s in the 70s, sat on the 50-yard line but can’t remember who was playing and all she recalls is how it was too loud.
So the fact that she even knew about “the decision” gave proof that I was not just a crazy sports fan who watched too much ESPN.
The idea that Lebron James could take his talents anywhere made 2010 the most-anticipated NBA season ever.
The entire nation was obsessed, as cities everywhere groveled in attempts to land James, even going as far as using huge poster boards begging James to come play.
It was a pathetic display that I never imagined would get so out of control.
These were no longer the days when athletes based decisions on loyalty.
Now a decision became our reality, as an athlete became bigger than his sport.
The media counted the seconds until the moment James sat down. “The Decision’ drew more national viewership than the President’s State Of The Union Address just days earlier. All to hear one athlete declare that his talents where Miami Heat bound.
It was a sad day for me as a sports fan, but I was glued to my TV like everyone else.
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