I had a lengthy discussion with a good friend of mine, (despite the fact he avidly supports the Evil Empire, he's a damned good guy). The topic was A-Rod, he of the 25 million dollar salary, inhuman talent, and 10 cent psyche. As a member of Red Sox Nation, I know we could have had A-Hole at one time. Yet the truth is that A-Rod is not a winner. Don't believe me? The proof, my friends, is in the pudding. (What the hell does that mean, anyway?) Let's look at the teams A-Hole has played for. He started his career with the Seattle Mariners. Look at the difference between the team's record his last season there and the first season without him.
Seattle Mariners 2000 Season 91-71 2001 116-46
Wow! Shed an A-hole, win 25 more games. That must be a fluke, right? Let's look at his career in Texas, when he signed that 252 million dollar contract. I mean, for that money, he must be a world changer, the ultimate difference maker.
Texas 2003 Season 71-91 - A-Hole's last season in Texas. 2004 Season 89-73
Well, things improved, the team only won 18 extra games after cleaning their A-Hole. Well, surely things couldn't continue that way, not with the evil empire. Their arrogance should make the A-Hole right at home.
NY 2004 Season 101-61 (Last season before A-Hole_ 2005 Season 95-67 (First with him)
So the facts are this. Every time he leaves a team, they get better. When he joins a team, they lose wins... As a Sox fan, I hope he remains with the Yankees.
Oh, by the way, the Yankees also haven't been to the World Series since 2003. The year prior to A-Holes arrival.
(Oh, and I don't need anyone pointing out these statistics are correlational, not causal. I took statistics and research methodology also. The point is that in professional sports, only 2 things matter. Winning and cash. A-Hole receives more of the latter than any player, ever. He offers less return on the investment on the former.
Super smart (and oh so humble) I often wonder if heightened intelligence is a blessing or a curse. Recognizing the evil, lies, and corruption that dominate the world, I often retreat into films, comics, sports, and other distractions. Bread and Circuses, baby!! (Don't you just wanna hang out with me now; I must be a barrel of laughs). My blog is where you can read these thoughts, and soon enough you will begin to see, I'm a pretty cool guy. (There's that humility again)