Don’t expect Alex Rodriguez, who faces a yearlong suspension, to go out quietly in 2014:
So if all this plays out as expected — the federal courts reject his case and Rodriguez sits out the season — we can expect him to play somewhere in 2015, even at 39 years old. In the meantime, we will see and hear from him often. He is like the Glenn Close character at the end of “Fatal Attraction”: I’m not going to be ignored.
Because while Rodriguez’s passion for baseball is genuine, he also has an irresistible craving for what the game has brought him. He prepared all his life to be famous, and he has achieved that. He may sit out a year, he may fail in his inevitable return, and he may never be elected to the Hall of Fame. But his lifelong celebrity is assured.
He’s Lance Armstrong without the lifelong ban.
17:48 // 9 months ago
In a surprise announcement made by the comedian and political commentator before Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals, Maher said that he purchased one of the reported 12 minority stakes available to investors over the winter.
"First of all, I think it’s a great investment," Maher said. "People sometimes forget that there’s only one National League franchise in New York City and they’re not making anymore. I’m a Met fan my whole life and I think it would be a great place."
Odds that Johan Santana’s no-hitter played a role in this: Even. And Bill, if you have some cash lying around, buy a second minority stake and give it to these guys.
22:07 // 2 years ago
notnadia says: I heard this morning on the radio that Major League Baseball's new labor deal includes the addition of another wild card game. Is that true? How would that work exactly?
» SFB says: Here’s how it’d work: Each league will get a new wild-card team, and at the end of the season, each league would play a one-game playoff to decide which team would go to the postseason. Here’s why baseball purists may not like this: The end of this year’s regular season was made interesting by the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals (who won it all) coming from behind to overtake the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves, respectively, for the wild-card slots. Under the new scenario, the Braves and Red Sox would have one last shot to redeem themselves, effectively taking a couple of weeks of excitement and putting it into a single game — kinda like sudden death at the end of a hockey game. What do you think? Like? Dislike? — Ernie @ SFB (It’s our Office Hours! Shoot us a question over here.)
17:41 // 2 years ago