NEW YORK -- What do those folks who paid 2,625 smackers a seat think now?
Yankees head honcho,
The Yankees' $1.5-billion grand palace, while seriously overpriced in today's downturn, still looked like a better deal than the $210-million team or the $2,625 seats. All that money didn't buy too much on a sun-filled inaugural day, when the best days were had by Indians starter
As for the Yankees themselves, yeesh.
If I were a paying customer, even one who paid five bucks for the obstructed-view seats (and these are real obstructions, not like that complaint of Mets fans where they can't see 1 percent of the field), I'd want a rebate.
Here are some observations from an Opening Day that was all downhill after
The game had to be a major relief to the Indians, whose worst fears about their rotation were being realized through their first nine games.
Cleveland still has significant issues in the rotation. What's more, they are fighting history. No team has ever started 0-5 and made the World Series, and since Division play began, only two of the 43 teams that began 0-5 have even made the playoffs (the 1974 Pirates and '95 Reds). So it won't be easy.
The Giants told star pitcher
If the Giants want to cite
There's no reason starters should be paid less than relievers since they are valued higher in every other year. This should be considered a fluke, but it's also a fluke that set a dumb precedent.
In any case, Lincecum is a special case. Forget his first two starts in which he's posted a 0-1 record and 7.56 ERA. He suffered from a stomach virus late in spring that's set him back, and he'll very likely be back to his true self soon.
And what if he repeats last year's superb performance? If Lincecum can approximate what he did last year, rather than Hamels' bargain $4-million figure, the Giants might be looking at something closer Hamels' teammate
Lincecum became the second-youngest pitcher ever to win the Cy Young award last year (
There's little doubt the Giants would love someone to take
The likelihood of finding a taker for Rowand appears extremely slim, unless, that is, the Giants want to pitch in, say $36 million, of it. And there's no shot of that.
As for the rumor that the White Sox would get involved again, people familiar with the situation say Rowand isn't what they're looking for. Their hope would be to find a young leadoff type for center field, so Rowand doesn't fit at all.
• The question now is whether
• It's always nice to see the Mets' one true Hall of Famer,
• Folks are going to claim the WBC is to blame for the shoulder weakness that has
• If the Rangers can stay in it with their great lineup, they might make things interesting. The plan is to call upon pitching prospects
• Seattle never should have lost 100 games last year. New manager