I know that it’s not my job to break the big baseball news stories. There are plenty of other guys who are willing to whip up an article at 11pm, people who did not DVR the All-Star Game, start it at 9:30 and then just drank through the whole thing anyways. So it should come as no surprise to you that the National League won 5-1, and that the Mets announced that closer Francisco Rodriguez was dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers for Players-To-Be-Named immediately after the game.
No, my role in all of this is to provide some Opinions. And my opinion on both items is: Well done!
Obviously, the National League is the team to root for in the All-Star Game, because a) The Mets are in the NL b) The Yankees are in the AL and c) The NL doesn’t have the designated hitter. Plus, the lineups were so shuffled around by the time the game actually got started that Andrew McCutchen did make it! And, even though Derek Jeter was replaced by Asdrubal Cabrera, who I like, Jeter was extremely rude and didn’t even show up to Arizona. Even though they have a pool!
No, the NL is the way to go, for sure. And they won. So yay! Speaking of the pool at Chase Field, did you manage to catch the interview with Justin Timberlake, who was standing around with said pool, and babes? Because he was wonderful. And by wonderful I mean “drunk.”
Mark Grace: It’s a pretty good spot. Now you wanted ballpark food. Peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs, which one’s your favorite?
Justin Timberlake:My favorite? Just beer.
Mark Grace: Really? Beer! It’s kind of the perfect food.
Justin Timberlake: It goes with the hot dog, it goes with nachos, it goes with peanuts. Beer’s perfect. Beer never got mad at me because I didn’t call beer back.
Thanks to Mets blog Amazin Avenue for the transcript.
Alright, on to Part Two: The K-Rod Deal
I am glad, it is a good move. There is much speculation that the deal was done without Frankie’s consent, and that he is upset about it. But that is what you get when you are a man who throws a temper tantrum, hurts yourself, and then has an enormous vesting option that your team cannot really afford to pay. I like K-Rod, don’t get me wrong; I especially liked his first-ever Major League at-bat this season. He was cute.
But scared puppy or no, K-Rod needed to be traded. And the Brewers, I think, will be a good match for him, whether he thinks so right now or not. They are a happy, fun-loving team, with a real chance to win and some great personalities, which will hopefully help with his anger issues some. Plus, the Brewers’ manager, Ron Roenicke, has worked with Frankie while he was with the Angels. There is the small issue of Jon Axford, who is, and will clearly remain, the Brewers’ closer, but I’m hoping some humble pie will do K-Rod some good. And if he can’t stand being the set-up man, he can leave at the end of the season.
And it’s good for the Mets, because they paid off the $5 million they owe him, and that $17.5 mil becomes the Brewers’ problem. And the Mets get a chance to develop the rest of their bullpen, and focus on their options for the rest of this season. So, I say, “Well Done.”