“Who says you can’t go home?”–Jon Bon Jovi
“You can’t go home again.”–Thomas Wolfe
The Rolen trade, while not yet official as far as I can tell, does seem like it’s going to happen. The guys over at VEB have broken it down statistically and financially and pronounced it, if not good, at least acceptable. Looking past the batting average and the past usage of performance-enhancing drugs, it’s possible that Glaus will be a good addition to the club. Hopefully, that will be the case. But I still hate the deal.
I hate the fact that it came to this. That LaRussa and Rolen had to butt heads so much that it made playing on artificial turf in a new league in a totally different country more acceptable than playing in a new ballpark in front of some great fans. There’s a failure here. Whether it’s Rolen’s for not being more accepting of Tony’s management style or of TLR not finding some way to make nice with his third baseman, I’m not sure. I will say again, though, that Rolen never complained to the press, never made it an issue. You can’t say the same about LaRussa.