Vacation update: Fresh off the Springsteen show, I took my niece to see Fred Claus today after school. Good flick for kids with the added benefit of Elizabeth Banks in a minor role. Wish me luck, I’m babysitting my 2-year-old nephew tomorrow and he’s a terror.
Meanwhile, a few thoughts on the recent news:
A-Rod: He and Scott Boras look like chumps to come crawling back. But everybody benefits in the end because the Yankees needed a third baseman and right-handed power. But giving him an incentive package tied to home run plateaus is a poorly conceived idea. Is the point to win championships or set records? Such a clause would further label Alex as a player more concerned with himself. Not that there was much question of that.
Barry Bonds: I think Bonds is a cheating creep and doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame. But doesn’t the government have other things that are more pressing? You need a loan to get a tank of gas, some kid shoots up a school every few months and there seems to be no honorable way out of Iraq. I understand steroids are a problem. But chase down the dealers, not the players.
Mariano Rivera: I’m an advocate of the players getting whatever they can. But a three-year, $45 million deal for a relief pitcher is huge. Mo showed cracks last season and turns 38 in two weeks. Four years are a lot to ask. If he can get that from another team, good for him.
OK, back to vacation. Feel free not to e-mail me.