November 14, 2005

Oh, the Pain

Have you ever been playing outfield in a casual Saturday afternoon softball game and come charging in on a shallow fly ball only to have the thing land in front of you and -- because you ran in too far -- bounce up and gently thump into your sack? Hurts, right? Not in a "I just got kicked in the testes by a pack mule" kind of way. It's more of a glancing shot that, instead of eliciting a scream, makes you just want to sit down and start weeping.

Well, that about sums up how I feel about A-Rod winning the AL MVP. Kind of like you're not that surprised each time you get clubbed in the balls anew -- you knew it would happen again sometime, didn't you? -- it's not the most shocking development to see A-Rod win. And because it's the baseball offseason, the pain is muted, somehow less vivid than having your team lose early in the postseason or watching a hated team win. But man, somewhere down there, this one really hurts.
-Speaking of pain, 5 years and $50 million can only mean one thing: so long, Raffy.

-A wee bit of ink here for Lakers' PG Smush Parker, who is fast becoming one of my favorite players in the League. In one game earlier this season I saw him pick Steve Nash's pocket about three times. Also, believe me when I say: the man can throw down with the best of them. Looking for a dark horse candidate to win the dunk contest out of nowhere this year? Here's your guy.

-There have been a lot of rumblings lately about the possibility of Darius Miles getting traded to the Knicks. Quite simply, this needs to happen for two reasons. First of all, it would reunite Miles and Quentin Richardson, teammates on that magical 2000-01 Clippers squad ("magical" in this case is intended to mean "wildly entertaining but ultimately a great disappointment, as the team was broken up in typical Clipper fashion before it could realize its vast potential"). Secondly, under the scrutiny of the invasive New York media, we would almost certainly discover the real meaning of that weird antennas gesture that Miles and Richardson do. Or have we already figured that out?


Blogger Frank G Yak said...

My bet (wrong word with A-Rod) is that most Yankee fans didn't even want him to win the MVP award this year. Having him win puts him on the cover of the News and the Post and just forces people to realize how poor he was in the playoffs. Sure it may be nice for A-rod to put another trophy on his fireplace -- but just as Yankee fans were ready to forget A-rod's most recently collapse the MVP award brings it right back to them again.

Also, love that Smush

12:41 PM, November 15, 2005  

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