If the Giants acquire Arod it will be strictly for marketing purposes. Yes, the Giants have some good young pitching but that lineup is atrocious (and I'm an A's fan with an A's lineup). Oh and their bullpen, my mouth just got watery.
Seems like a lot of people think he's going to opt out to escape the psychological harm done to him in NY. I don't see how that's relevant anymore though, because he's obviously gotten over whatever mental block he's had in previous years, and the booing has completely vanished.
Sure, the NY media is still hassling him, but a player of his caliber should expect that from all news media outlets. It won't change dramatically going from, say, NY to LAA, because the expectations of a 40 HR, 300+ AVG season will still be there for the best baseball player in the league.
I'm sure he realizes this, and he also must know that if anything, he'll be bashed from the media even more for opting out because for one, he'll be viewed as greedy and going after the money, and two, he couldn't handle the NY pressure.
Even if he hadn't had such a spectacular season this year I would have believed that he would not opt out, and now, with the great season, I am absolutely certain that he is staying.
And as for the Yankee legacy comments, you can't argue that there isn't something special about being a Yankee for the simple reason that a lot of actual baseball players have claimed it as one of their reasons for joining New York. Whether you believe there is some mystique or aura about being a Yankee or don't believe in it, the people who play the game do, and that's all that matters.
I say he opts out regardless just to cash in. As far as where he goes, it's anyone's guess. I don't think he'll stay with the Yanks though because he's smart enough to know that the fickle fans will start booing him again the first time he goes 0-4 in the playoffs, whether he's coming off an MVP year or not.
I'm holding out hope that the M's can trade Beltre for a SP and bring ARod back but I seriously doubt it happens (stupid fans who still throw money at him when he comes to town ). If I had to guess, I'd say Boston, the Cubs, or the Dodgers. I can't see the Angels paying ARod twice what they pay Vlad.
I heard on ESPN Radio this afternoon that the Yankees are trying to extend him midseason. I think ARod can get as much out of the Yankees in an extension as he would with going to FA, Cashman knows how much he is worth and Steinbrenner has the dough to pay for it.
KCollins1304 wrote:I heard on ESPN Radio this afternoon that the Yankees are trying to extend him midseason. I think ARod can get as much out of the Yankees in an extension as he would with going to FA, Cashman knows how much he is worth and Steinbrenner has the dough to pay for it.
citti34 wrote:If the Giants acquire Arod it will be strictly for marketing purposes. Yes, the Giants have some good young pitching but that lineup is atrocious (and I'm an A's fan with an A's lineup). Oh and their bullpen, my mouth just got watery.
There would definitely be a marketing aspect for the Giants that would pay off for years. The MLB team with one all-time HR champ, Bonds, then another, when A-Rod breaks Bonds' record. It would keep fannies in the seats fer sure.
Now if the Giants could only do something about their otherwise atrocious lineup....
The New Yankee Stadium...the house that ARod built?
As far as legacy goes, there's no real arguing that the Yankees pump of the image of their past players more than any other team. What other team has shows like "Yankeeography" or Old Timer's Day that pay tribute to the heroes of the past? The answer is no one else. While for most players this may not be a big deal, ARod cares about his image as much as anyone and NY is the single place that will have the most impact on that legacy.
While Yankee haters may choose not to believe it, the aura of the Yankees is real and thats why I think Alex stays (that and the extension they give him).