Thursday, June 07, 2007

Not unless they invent a stat for punk-ass bitchery

Question posed by Mr. Gleemonex:

IF the Yankees were to win a few World Series in the next 5 years, AND A-Rod was a HUGE contributor to that, WHILE achieving and maintaining Gehrig-like personal stats:

Would the Yankees retire his number?

Point is probably moot, since that boy ain’t gonna be long in pinstripes (and besides, have you seen the 2007 Yanks? Oi.), but … Mr. Gleemonex and I both agreed, NO WAY. No matter what his contributions might possibly, theoretically be at some future point, there is no love for him in NYC. No love. And the love is a crucial element in whether they retire your number.

They’ll retire Jeter’s, and rightly so.

But never, ever A-Rod.

Discuss amongst y’selves.

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Blogger HHL said...

maybe if they won the next FIVE world series. I mean, they've won 27(?) already, so a couple more really wouldn't have that much effect. But if A-Rod were to make a huge contribution to increasing that number by, say, 20%, then there'd have to be some serious consideration. Cuz if he did that, he'd be getting a lot of love, his punk-ass bitchery notwithstanding.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Gleemonex said...

Right you are, HHL ...

Here's what Mr. Gleemonex had to say on the issue:

you forgot to mention one of my main factors:

A-Rod is considered by EVERYONE today to be the greatest baseball player of our age, etc. Wouldn't that be odd that he will go straight into the HoF, have everyone write and talk about how he was the best there ever was, and still not have his # retired by the team he wins X number of championships for? But probably other teammates of the Jeter era will have their #s retired?

Guess they never watched him on an everyday basis and saw how he hit and fielded in key situations and padded his #s with HRs in the 8th inning of a 7-1 ballgame.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Guinness74 said...

I think it would also depend on the rules that the Yankees have for retiring a number. My beloved Red Sox (YANKEES SUCK!) have stringent rules for retiring a number such as:

1) Election to the HoF
2) at least 10 years played with the club.

In this day and age, it's difficult to achieve both. With just these rules in place, A-Rod would have to play 6 more seasons with the Yankees AND be elected to the HoF. World Series rings notwithstanding. Also, the love factor would have to be considered. New Englanders are fierce about their love for certain players.

6:48 AM  

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