Around the game: Guillen, Boston/New York, Brandon Phillips
Posted Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 5:42 PM
I know typically I focus on Cardinals news and analysis, but occasionally something happens in the baseball world that deserves mentioning. It's been a big news week in baseball so I thought I'd share my thoughts.
|1.||Ozzie Guillen suspended for five games -- The spirited manager of the Florida Marlins is no stranger to drama. Whether he's screaming and chunking bases or saying things that lead one to question his level of intelligence, he's always involved in something. In case you haven't heard, in an interview late last week Guillen was asked his feelings on Fidel Castro. His response? "I love Fidel Castro." Now, in Chicago, it's possible no one would have even paid attention. In Miami, however, on a team with Cuban defectors living in a community filled with Cuban defectors, praising the dictator that has affected their lives is not a smart thing to do. While he did say in Tuesday's press conference that he believes something was "lost in translation," he did own up to the mistake and urged fans to continue supporting the team despite his actions. Personally, I don't know that this fiasco is over for Guillen just yet. It's likely that there will be repercussions throughout the year as Cuban fans protest games, but I don't expect any further personal punishment. While Guillen can be a bit crazy, I always enjoy wondering what will come out of his mouth next. Think of him as the Happy Gilmore of baseball -- no one takes him very serious, but when you're not paying attention his team will turn up the heat.|
|2.||Boston and New York get off to slow starts -- While they've now pulled off a win, the slow start of two of baseball's most storied teams began a virtual feeding frenzy for fans. Two games into the season, Yankees fans were already calling for Girardi's head and calling the season a dud. Slow down people. It's far too early to be firing closers and making trades for players you likely don't even need. The baseball season is a long one -- 162 games to be exact. Because teams have played 4-6 is no reason to be nervous yet. I heard some fans in California are already yelling about Albert Pujols because hasn't set the world afire yet. I know everyone wants to see wins right out the door, but that's not always the way things always happen. The Cardinals got off to a rough start in 2011 and we all saw how that worked out. Sometimes its easy to take for granted what a friendly baseball town St. Louis really is. Now with what I said about the Yankees, I should also point out that being hot in early April doesn't necessarily translate into championships. Baseball is a test of endurance over six months. Of course, winning is better than the alternative but sometimes it's not about the team that wins the most. Sometimes it's about the team that wins last, which in 2012, turned out to be the St. Louis Cardinals.|
|3.||Brandon Phillips signs a six-year deal -- One of the Cardinals arch nemesis signed a six-year/$72.5 million extension this week. I'm not questioning that Phillips is worth the money, because he is. My only question is about the future of the Cincinnati Reds. The team is throwing around an awful lot of money of hope. They hope for a television contract like other teams are seeing. They hope for a run deep into the playoffs that will increase attendance. In order to stay competitive I understand the team wanting to hang on to their star players and bring in the guys they need to get the job done, however, you have to live within your means and I just don't think the Reds are going to be able to do that. I think they can function for now, but as other acquisitions are needed, I doubt the team's ability to stay within their financial boundaries and field a competitive team in the long-term. Of course, Walt Jocketty got a lot of things done in St. Louis that no one else could have done either, so who knows.|
|4.||Detroit Tigers set the world on fire -- The Tigers have really come on strong this season. As I said earlier, we're only a few games into things here, but this team has the potential to be the real deal. Their rotation, often under-appreciated, may very well weather Fister's injury fine. Regardless of how they are playing two months from now, this team will be a serious threat to whoever they face.|
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