Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sunday Sports

Weight of the World

Mike Lupica's Shooting From the Lip: Here are the most prominent big-ticket Yankees who have not: Mike Mussina, Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui, Alex Rodriguez. Have not meaning they haven't won a World Series. Have not yet, might not ever. If there is one thing we have learned the past five years at Yankee Stadium, it's that the money all these Yankees make doesn't guarantee anything anymore in baseball.
The Hobbit writing under the name Mike Lupica doesn't know a thing about sports, so we'll tell him why the Yankees underachieve year after year.

The manager. Joe Torre is the worst manager in baseball and cannot motivate modern ballplayers. Today's studs NEED motivation because doing it for the game or the fans doesn't mean diddly, and Joe clings to the quaint but erroneous notion that they'll give their all just by seeing their name on a lineup card. Time and again, teams without leadership are soundly drubbed by teams WITH leadership, and the sooner Yankee fans come to this simple understanding the sooner we'll all find peace while awaiting a real manager.

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