LADY AT THE BAT: A-Rod & NYCFC: Big Stories In Yankees Universe Wednesday

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A-Rod & NYCFC: Big Stories In Yankees Universe Wednesday

Among the news items that came out of Yankees camp yesterday were two that are leaving a lot of people scratching their heads--including a few players.

First, Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run of the Spring, drawing lots of cheers from his apologists fans and grudging acknowledgement from everyone else (including me). Everyone else, that is, except the person or persons responsible for the team's Twitter account. From @Yankees there was nothing. Absolute silence.

An unnamed spokesman was quoted in the Daily News as saying, “It was very much an unintended error. Alex is and will be treated like every other Yankees player.”

If anyone believes that, I have a bridge to sell them.

Look, I despise Alex Rodriguez. I want him off the team. I'll say (or, won't say) whatever I want about him. I'll tweet (or, won't tweet) whatever I want about him. I don't care that the Yankees didn't mention him on Twitter. In fact, I think it's kind of funny. However, when it comes right down to it, the Yankees are wrong on this. Unless he violates the league's drug policy again, they need to treat him the way they treat every other player on the team. (Incidentally, the YES Network, which is now 80% owned by FOX, had no trouble at all tweeting about A-Rod's home run.)

Second, NYCFC. The new MLS team's inaugural season is underway, and their first home game will take place this weekend at Yankee Stadium.  Not everyone on the Yankees roster is happy about this. Mark Teixeira and Brett Gardner have been outspoken in their opposition to it. Teixeira specifically said, "It's going to suck," and Gardner talked about it as if he were an experienced landscaper.

Both Yankee and NYCFC management are publicly saying that there is nothing at all to worry about.  I'm inclined to believe them. According to their schedule, NYCFC will play an average of two games per month at the Stadium.  They won't be at the Stadium every single day. Also, the Yankees have one of the best grounds crews in sports. I really don't think this will end up being a catastrophe.

Moving on: Tonight, Tanaka Time rolls around for the first time this year. Good luck Tanaka-san.  Hopefully your elbow won't split in half.

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