Appeal for A Rod
So finally we have the ban. 211 games total. About 1.5 years out of the MLB. And for a guy who is 38 with quickly eroding skills, that may as well be a lifetime ban.
Yet that is exactly why, despite damage to whatever little is left of his reputation and legacy, A Rod’s decision to appeal his suspension is the ONLY one he can make.
Red Sox Need to Remember the Alamo and 2006
Check out the standings at the All Star Break in 2006. First place. 20 games over .500. 53-33. They would go on to finish 3rd that season, with only 86 wins.
Now meet the 2013 Boston Red Sox. First Place? Check. Best record in the American League? Check. Are you feeling good about the team finishing in 1st place? Uhhhh, can I get back to you in month?
While America’s purple mountain majesties and fruited plains ruled the weekend for most of us, your Boston Bruins set off their own fireworks by shipping out party boy Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars for a bunch of guys you have never heard of and one guy you TELL your friends you have heard of, when in fact you thought he was this guy.
Seguin, the former #2 overall pick of the draft, just 21 years of age, and the man known as the guy “we fleeced Toronto for in the Kessel deal” is, after only 3 short seasons, no longer a Bruin.
How can we forget his burst onto the scene during the Stanley Cup play-offs in 2011 like a hero emerging from obscurity (literally from the press box after multiple healthy scratches) onto the ice and promptly delivering a line of 2 goals and 2 assists along with a burst of energy to the team so strong it makes a shot from Dr. Feelgood feel like a watered down cup of decaf. And while he wouldn’t quite capture that magic again the rest of the play-offs, the Bruins did go on to win the Stanley Cup that year and Seguin followed up the next season with an All-Star selection.
But now he is off to the land of steers and uh, (hold up Tyler stay off that Twitter) Cowboys (Heeeello Tony ROMO!—think of the parties!) and the Bruins are left hoping they didn’t just get Marco Sturm’d.
Certain Boston scribes will lead you to believe the Bruins got a “more offensively gifted Patrice Bergeron” in the deal, or that Seguin was under house arrest during this years’ play-offs, but that is more conjecture than truth. The truth is the Bruins felt he had to go, and were intent on making his departure a quick one this off-season.
The silver lining is they made High Glass Peverley and his 3 million dollar cap hit take the Nick Punto plane ride with him.