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Boomin’ System

Posted By Alex Belth On February 14, 2004 @ 11:06 pm In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

Greed is Good

When I first heard the rumor today that Alex Rodriguez might be coming to New York for Alfonso Soriano [1] and a package of players, I thought it was just that: a rumor. A doity, stinkin’ rumor. Yet another in a long line of A Rod rumors. Will Carroll e-mailed me about it and I spoke with him later in the day, but I still didn’t think it was much more than a nice fantasy. Now Newsday [2] says the trade will happen and Tom Verducci [3] concurs, saying that the trade isn’t yet official but the deal is done: Alfonso Soriano and a minor league pitcher to be named later for Rodriguez. There are still financial issues that need to be settled.

Part of me still doesn’t believe it. Couldn’t be. I feel numb.

Thank you, Aaron Boone. Thank you forever. Evidently, Rodriguez is willing to play third. While that is sure to cause some debate, as A Rod is clearly a better defensive shortstop than Jeter is, ultimately it is what you’d call a good problem if you are the Yankees. Now, if the Yankees can acquire a slick fielding second baseman, perhaps Jeter’s defensive flaws won’t be such an issue.

Man, talk about Boffo [4]. How do you think Yankee-haters all over the world are feeling now? Ah, the hatred will reach a fever-pitch in 2004, but the Yankees will sell em out with regularity on the road.

When I first read about the story this morning Emily

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[1] Alex Rodriguez might be coming to New York for Alfonso Soriano: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/15/sports/baseball/15TRAD.html?pagewanted=1&hp

[2] Newsday: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-arod0214,0,2866504.story?coll=ny-top-span-headlines

[3] Tom Verducci: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/baseball/mlb/02/14/arod.yankees/index.html

[4] Man, talk about Boffo: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/15/sports/baseball/15BASE.html

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