Let’s hear it for common sense prevailing.
Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees have been at odds over what to do about a $6 million bonus he qualified for hitting his 660th major league homer, which tied him at the time with the one and only Willie Mays. The Yankees claimed they didn’t owe him the money. Their stance was that this was a separate marketing agreement, and with ARod’s off the field issues, there basically was no way to market the achievement. Rodriguez clearly wasn’t about to simply accept this, and it appeared as though the lawyers might have to battle it out in court.
There seemed to be a very simple way to settle this dispute. Split the difference and give the money to charity. That way, everyone wins. The Yankees can obviously afford the dollars, and whether they (or we) like it or not, Rodriguez did reach the Mays plateau. The flip side is that ARod really doesn’t figure to need the cash either, and his image doesn’t need any more tarnishing.
Lo and behold, it now appears as though a mutual agreement has been reached. The settlement figure will be $3 million, and Alex Rodriguez will be donating all of that money to charity.
This is actually turning out to be a great year for ARod. He’s no longer a superstar but he’s putting up some decent numbers and from all accounts, has really become a team player. That supposedly was not always the case with Rodriguez. Hey, better late than never. And the decision to forego the money… and make no mistake, ARod might be wealthy, but we’re still talking about $3 million here… is a terrific public relations maneuver by Rodriguez.
It’s always nice to see common sense produce a really good result, and congrats are in order for both Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees for doing the right thing.
1-2 on Thursday for a -0.85 bottom line. The Twins worked, the Rockies didn’t and I took a tough loss on the Cubs/Mets Under. I’m far more upset about not pulling the trigger on the Nationals/Braves game to stay Under the number, but the bottom line is I backed off playing that game and it cost me a winner.
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The Rockies and Diamondbacks were in tossup territory until a surprising error by Nolan Arenado and a subsequent triple changed the course of the game and my side ended up getting blow out. I’ll take a chance with a red hot entry as small road chalk tonight.
BREWERS (Fiers) @ REDS (Lorenzen)
Take: BREWERS -113 (Don Best consensus line at publication time)
The Brewers would need one of the all-time great rallies to get back into playoff contention this season. But while they might already be reduced to playing the role of spoiler the rest of the way, there’s no question this Milwaukee entry is on its best run of the season to date right now.
I don’t think it’s any coincidence that this surge has come just as catcher Jonathan Lucroy is rounding into the form he displayed for most of last season. Lucroy is the glue on this team. Ryan Braun is the past MVP and Carlos Gomez is the most exciting talent on the team. But the Brewers MVP is Lucroy and it isn’t close. Milwaukee could be a seller at the deadline, but unless they were to be offered a king’s ransom, the one guy on that roster who should be untouchable is Lucroy.
In addition to Lucroy getting back toward his groove, there has been an increase in energy since Craig Counsell assumed the managerial reigns. Let’s face it, the Brewers came into 2015 looking like the team that fell apart late in 2014 and the change in the dugout had to happen.
Speaking of change, the Reds need to make some moves themselves. And it sure looks like they’ll be doing exactly that, although the general consensus is that that the front office won’t officially wave the white flag until after the All-Star festivities taking place in Cincinnati are done. It’s rather silly as everyone knows what’s about to happen, but I guess creating a phony perception matters somehow.
Regardless of when, it’s virtually a given that Johnny Cueto is going to be dealt away and Aroldis Chapman might not be far behind. It look to me like everyone on the current roster knows the score and let’s just say that this is not the most focused team in the game right now.
The Reds have actually been a decent home team this year. But Michael Lorenzen has had some struggles and the numbers tonight point to Mike Fiers of the Brewers having the advantage. The one downer is that the Reds enjoyed a day off on Thursday while the Brewers were winning a 13 inning marathon over the Phillies.
But with the Brewers actually the hottest team in the NL over the pasty ten days and an edge on the mound with Fiers over Lorenzen, I’m of the opinion this is a good spot for the visitors. The early money showed on Milwaukee and they’re now small chalk, but at the current impost I’ll endorse the Brewers to pick up another win tonight.
FanDuel Value Play, Friday 7/3
JUSTIN MASTERSON, P, $6500
Okay, this is clearly a gamble, even at the low salary. Justin Masterson’s days as a pretty hard thrower are done, and he’s now a guy who is going to have to finesse his way to wins.
But Masterson looked really good in his first start off the DL and and I think he’s got a chance to put up some decent numbers against the Astros tonight. Masterson was legal larceny in that most recent start, racking up 15 points for anyone who had the stones to roster him. I’d settle for close to that tonight, and if that’s the case, Masterson at $6500 is a real value. There’s plenty of risk with this choice, but if he has a second straight good outing, Masterson will be rewarding his owners in a big way.