Happy New Year, everybody! The changing of the calendar is a time where people are optimistic about the future, ambitious in setting goals, and determined in trying to achieve them. We start off with a clean slate and hope for the best. My goals for 2012 are to keep doing well in school and aim for another 3.925 GPA (or higher!), to blog more and not just wait for the Yankees to give me something to write about, and to get as good at playing guitar as I am at playing piano. Oh, and for my Mom, I said I'd stop doing unladylike things when the Yankees get on my nerves, or at least make a valiant effort to try...
Although the Yankees haven't made any moves to get me excited for the 2012 season, overall I am still optimistic. They haven't gotten anyone, but they haven't traded away those cute rookies such as Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos yet either. I don't know how they'll do in 2012, but I am looking forward to the season. How can we not be excited about a new baseball season? Everyone starts out at 0-0, Burnett's ERA isn't above 5 yet, and everyone has a chance to redeem themselves (yes, I believe in you, A.J.)!
Everybody but A-Rod.
I know that's unfair. But I've tried - I've really tried - to wipe his slate clean. The Yankees have made no news in the offseason, but Alex Rodriguez has had his fair share of coverage once again, and I can't say I'm happy about it. I'm just sick of Alex Rodriguez's predictable nonsense.
It's the same thing every year: after the Yankees lose in the postseason because A-Rod is unclutch, he promises that he will "come back with a vengeance" in the next season. Yeah, he said that last season and he sucked. $32 million for a .276 avg, 16 HR, and 62 RBI in 99 games, with an extremely aggravating .111 avg in the postseason. I know he was hurt. I don't care (heartless, I know). The surgery was one thing. But the thumb - your THUMB? Maybe if you got your thumb out from your you-know-where you'd be okay.
Oooh...that was harsh.
Perhaps it's unfair to pick on him for last year when he was hurt. But I can't help it. When he said he's rehabbing and working to get back, and then I'd see him in the dugout with that stupid smile, I just think he's so disingenuous. I don't believe anything he says. Why would be bust to get back when he is already guaranteed millions and millions? He doesn't even look like he's trying or he cares when he's out there. Every time he strikes out, he walks away flipping his bat, and looking back at the radar to see how fast the pitch was that he swung and missed at - usually a low-mid 90s fastball that for some odd reason he can't catch up to - and he makes that face that's like, "Oh well. I'm A-Rod!" I don't know. Maybe it's just me...
I've already lost my patience with A-Rod for 2012. He says he'll be back with a vengeance, then we heard he went all the way to Germany for some bizarre blood-spinning procedure. So he's not healthy. Great, another excuse to suck.
Then the other night my brother shows me an article from the New York Daily News in which A-Rod has been spotted at least three times with former WWE Diva and Playboy sensation Torrie Wilson, yet another gorgeous blonde to distract him from baseball. I might be overreacting about this, but I've just had enough. It's the same old thing with A-Rod.
So he says he'll be better in 2012? It doesn't look it. Just another wasted $30+ million. I can't believe we have 6 more years of this. And there's no way he's going to get any better at 36 years old. Sometimes I wish the Yankees would just get rid of him and eat the money - that's how fed up I am. Who needs superstars? Scott Brosius was no superstar, and they won with him at third base.
If I was manager, I wouldn't bat Rodriguez cleanup anymore. Cleanup is for the productive guy. Striking out and scowling at the radar gun is not productive - I'm sorry. That spot should be for either Curtis Granderson or Robinson Cano, because they've earned it.
My Opening Day lineup would look something like this:
1) Derek Jeter
2) Nick Swisher
3) Robinson Cano
4) Curtis Granderson
5) Mark Teixeira
6) Alex Rodriguez
7) Jesus Montero
8) Russell Martin
9) Brett Gardner
Originally, I had Teixeira 6th and A-Rod 5th, but in the process of writing this post, I demoted A-Rod again because I'm staring at that picture of him smiling, and I'm struggling to refrain from smacking him and breaking my laptop screen in the process. So because of all that unnecessary effort I'm expelling, I demoted him further. But actually, Jesus Montero might provide him with some protection. I can't get the images of that kid hitting line-drive opposite-field home runs at Yankee Stadium out of my mind...
I say to start the season with this lineup. If A-Rod wants to bat clean up, then he's going to have to earn it. Why, just because he makes the most money, he is guaranteed the star-spot in the order? How's that fair? I'm tired of watching the top of the Yankees order do so much, just to see A-Rod negate it all by failing to come through in the clutch. Granderson is a guy who I think earned this spot in the order by proving that he can come through after his MVP-worthy 2011 campaign.
Will Joe Girardi listen to me? Nope. It's sad. A new season, but the same old thing.
If A-Rod miraculously does well in 2012, I'll apologize. I'll do whatever. Someone make a bet with me. I'm not worried. I know I'll win.
48 days until pitchers and catchers report. It may not sound like it after this post, but I am looking forward to seeing my boys in 2012!
Everyone but A-Rod, that is.
by Virginia Califano