Sunday, October 28, 2007

It's The End Of The World As We Know It

Boston is up 3-0. But come on Rockies, if anyone proved that being down three games in a seven game series doesn't mean you're out, it's Boston. A 4 hour 19 minute came, the longest in World Series history and it ended at 1 a.m. since the first pitch came at 8:36 p.m. Heck, even kids on the west coast must be nodding off by 10 p.m. PST. That is unconscionable if baseball wants to pretend it's meant for the whole family. They KNOW the game will last at LEAST three hours and they still don't bother to get things going till after 8:30? Ridiculous.

Music -- Carrie Underwood gave the classic sort of performance middle America wants. She is cute as a button and delivered the Olympian "national anthem as mountain climbing event" version of the song, scraping through the low notes and belting them out on the high. She got a little shout-y on "rockets red glare" and one or two other times and it's not singing so much as hurdling over the obstacles of the song. But she got the job done. 8 out of 10. And boy is she cute.

Yankee update -- am I the only one who finds it obnoxious that the Yankees keep intruding into the news during the World Series? The worst was hearing Hank mock the Boston Red Sox in an utterly classless attack the day before the Series began. But now they keep making noise. They'll make a decision on Monday about who their next manager is (and that decision will weigh on the shoulders of HANK and HAL, not Cashman or anyone else). And they're ready for an offer to A-Rod reportedly a five year extension at $30 mil per. That would make A-Rod the player with the highest salary in history. But it still seems to short of "wow" to me. It's for eight years instead of ten, the total package is $230 mil which is less money than his last deal worth $250 mil (for more years, but still) and he's "stuck" at $25 mil when others are getting more. It just doesn't feel like a "gotta take it" deal for the greatest player in the history of the game who's about to win his second MVP in three years. My instinct is that A-Rod will opt out. I don't believe for a second that this is the best offer he can get. A-Rod IS a draw and he'll be racking up one record after another over the term of that contract and we've seen how valuable that can be for teams to promote a la Bonds and Ripken and single season record breakers like McGwire. You don't think LA or Chicago or Boston or one or two other teams won't find him irresistible? And let's go with the obvious on our next manager -- mattingly, right?

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