And, again, an American League team celebrates on foreign soil. You’d think they’d start losing the All-Star Game so they could party at home, don’t you?
As for this whole “AL is dominant” stuff the major media keeps spewing….unfortunately, there may be something to that. Since the strike year of ’94, the AL is 43-26 in the World Series, including five sweeps. The closest the NL has gotten to a sweep was the Cardinals’ win in 5 games last year. Right now, when coupled with their streak of winning All-Star games, it’s pretty apparent the AL is the top league, even though it’s painful to admit it. These things are pretty cyclical, though. A lot of the good young talent is in the NL, so they should be making some strides in the next few years.
Somewhere out there, a seven year old has seen two Red Sox championships and no Yankee titles. Who’d have thought that’d ever happen?
A-Rod has already opted out of his deal. However, I’m wondering if that might not come back to bite him. The Yanks have been adamant that they aren’t going to deal with him. The Cubs are in ownership flux, so they probably can’t go out and put together a record-setting package. The Red Sox just won the title and they’ve said that they want to resign Lowell, so I’d be surprised if they made a major run at Rodriguez. The Mets have been floated about, but they have Reyes at short and Wright at third. Where would they put him? It may just boil down to the Angels, and if they think they are the only ones in the race, there’s no way they’ll go $30 million per. We’ll see how it pans out, but I think with the Yankees uninvolved, Rodriguez doesn’t get as much as he thinks he will.
Should be a busy week in baseball. The Cardinals should announce their GM soon and the Yankees their manager. The free agent market opens in two weeks. While the season is great, the off-season has become a lot of fun in its own right!