How is it possible for someone to play 17 seasons for the Yankees, win four World Series, make five All-Star games, and still be underrated? Maybe we should ask Jorge Posada, because he managed to do it.
Posada held an emotional press conference Tuesday to officially announce his retirement from baseball. At 40 years old, he retired because of declining skills and a lack of interest from the Yankees. Could he have gone somewhere and signed cheaply, and maybe eked out a .260 average at best? It’s possible, but he did the right thing by retiring.
Now the only question that that persists is the one that follows any player who had a decorated career: Is he a Hall of Famer?
While many people say no, I say yes for many reasons.
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I know this is out there and you probably think I’m crazy for posting it, but let’s keep in mind that the NBA is the place where crazy happens. If I had told you three years ago that LeBron James would end up in Miami with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, you would have thought I was nuts, right? OK, so bear with me on this one.
There is some chatter that LeBron James is unhappy with the Miami Heat organization and that he may consider opting out of his contract following the 2013-2014 season. Sam Amico writes at FOX Sports Ohio that James would consider opting out if Pat Riley remains in control of the Heat. Amico also says LeBron would be looking closely at returning to Cleveland.
On top of that, in a Fact or Fiction game posted on the Heat Index at ESPN as a preview to the Cavs-Heat game Tuesday, two writers said they believed LeBron would end up playing for the Cavs again. Brian Windhorst, who covered LeBron in Cleveland and followed him to Miami, laid out this convincing argument:
Insane you say? Never? Impossible? Too much bad blood, right? Not in professional sports, where you can always go home again. And when it does happen the Cavs fans, for the most part, will welcome him back. Don’t believe me? They’re building a statue in Cleveland to Jim Thome right now and he ditched Cleveland for straight cash back in 2002. Not today and not tomorrow but someday James will consider it because time heals wounds, it just does. The Heat will not be championship contenders forever. James has outs in his contract after the 2014, ’15 and ’16 seasons for the record.
So maybe someday LeBron James could end up back in Cleveland. Do you really think in four or five years the fans wouldn’t be ready to forgive him? I don’t. If he wants to come back, they would definitely have him.
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To be fair, Kiffin’s stint with the Raiders was pretty forgettable. Though it was entertaining when he went toe-to-toe with Al Davis. Oh, and my vote in the poll might actually go to Lane.
Thanks to J.S. for the tip
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Craig Harless, a former intern and current call screener for the Don Geronimo Show on KHTK in Sacramento, got the above tattoo on his bum in exchange for tickets to watch the 49ers lose to the Giants in the NFC Championship Game Sunday.
Harless made the mistake of letting Geronimo decide on the design. The show host opted for the Bill Walsh coaching tree.
Here’s the awesome (evil) part: the “Bill Walsh” part of the tattoo starts on the lower back like a tramp stamp. The rest of the names (Steve Mariucci, Jon Gruden, Mike Holmgren, Dennis Green, George Seifert, Brian Billick, Mike Shanahan, and Andy Reid), are on the butt cheeks.
The tattooing took five hours and was aired on Friday’s show. They’re getting some play from the stunt and I have to say, the tat is pretty damn funny, but come on, if you’re going to make someone go through all that, you gotta give him a better prize. When this guy got a radio show logo tattooed on his butt for playoff tickets, the design was much smaller. For that hideous thing, I think Craig deserves season tickets for life.
Thanks to Hot Clicks for sharing the story.
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Baron Davis has been out all season with a back injury. He began practicing with the Knicks this week, but perhaps he is still a bit behind on getting used to the lifestyle in New York. The Knicks have spent a lot of money and are loaded with star power, yet they are a mere 6-10 on the season. Fans who have attended the last four New York games — all of which were at Madison Square Garden — were treated to losses. They pay a lot of money to be there, so when the team stinks they deserve to be booed. Baron doesn’t think so.
“We’re going to have the fans behind us, even though they boo,” Davis said Monday according to the NY Post. “They’re just passionate about winning. All we ask is for their patience and to keep supporting us, because the booing is not going to really help us think through things.”
Losing doesn’t help Knicks fans feel better about the money they spent to go to the games, either. New York fans may be a bit premature in their Phil Jackson chants and may have forgotten that Carmelo Anthony is battling injuries when they rained boos down on him, but there’s only one way to stop it. The Knicks have to stop playing like crap.
Apparently Davis thinks he’s going to bring a lot to the table when he is cleared to play. He said the Knicks offense is going to become “unstoppable” once they hit their stride. Until that moment, the fans will continue giving a 6-10 team the reception they deserve.
The Detroit Tigers shocked the baseball world by stepping in to sign Prince Fielder Tuesday. The deal is as hefty as the bulky first baseman — 9 years for $214 million, according to reports. The terms of the contract, as well as the structure of the Tigers’ current roster, makes the signing a surprise.
Detroit already has Miguel Cabrera signed for four more years with $86 million remaining on his contract. He played outfield and third base for the Marlins, but has played first base almost exclusively for the Tigers. Cabrera reportedly told a Venezuelan newspaper he expects to play third base to accommodate Prince, and a few other reporters confirmed those plans.
On top of Cabrera and Prince manning the corners, the Tigers will have Victor Martinez back after next season. Martinez’s torn ACL, which took him out for the season, is probably the reason the Tigers jumped into the Fielder contract talks. Victor is set to make $25 million from 2013-14 and he was already DHing most of the time with Alex Avila catching. If Miggy can’t work at third base, the Tigers will have three sluggers with only two positions to play them in a few years. I suppose they will wait for that time to come before worrying.
The good news for Tigers fans is that they will have one of the strongest power lineups in baseball. The bad news is they may have more sluggers than they have positions on the field. Oh yeah, they also have Prince signed until his 36. Hopefully for their sake there is an opt out clause.
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The roof of a newly-constructed ice hockey rink in Slovakia collapsed over the weekend because of the pressure from a snow storm. Former NHL winger Richard Zednik was training with some youth players at the hockey rink, which is in the Hotel Altis in Trstena, Slovakia, when the roof started to cave.
Zednik described the scene as “full of fear and panic.” Luckily Zednik and the other adults managed to get everyone off the ice before the roof caved, which only took 33 seconds. It appears that nobody was hurt.
Police have begun investigating the reasons for the roof’s collapse.
Bad luck seems to follow Zednik, who sustained a life-threatening injury when he was cut by a teammate’s skate in the throat during a February 2008 game. He played one more season in the NHL after recovering from the injury and recorded 33 points for the Panthers, including this spectacular airborne goal against the Islanders. The 36-year-old is still playing hockey in Europe.
The video is actually very similar to what happened when the Metrodome roof collapsed in Minnesota last football season.
Stick tap to Puck Daddy
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Ravens kicking consultant Randy Brown confirmed that the Gillette Stadium scoreboard was inaccurate during the end of the AFC Championship Game Sunday, leading to a rushed kick from Billy Cundiff. He thinks it’s possible the error was made on purpose.
During an appearance with Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team on 94 WIP in Philadelphia Tuesday, Brown said “The scoreboard was one down behind, the entire last three plays, from what we understand. That caused Billy Cundiff to have to rush on to the field with just seconds left on the play clock to try and make the kick, which he missed.”
When asked if he felt the error was done purposely to mislead the Ravens, he replied “I don’t think you can rule anything out in New England, can you?”
Even if you believe the conspiracy theory that the Pats’ scoreboard operator intentionally misled the Ravens — and it wouldn’t be the first time the Pats messed with the opposing team through stadium technology — Brown says it’s no excuse for the missed kick.
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Grumpy old man Ray Allen: take two. The Celtics are struggling. Their superstars are aging. They have won only seven games so far this season, and three of them have come against one of the worst teams in the NBA. No matter how much the team struggles, Allen has always been a veteran leader and rarely has anything negative to say. This season, he has flashed signs of frustration a couple of times.
On Sunday night during their third win of the season over the Wizards, Allen stepped on Washington forward Jan Vesely’s foot while attempting to come around a screen. It caused him to fall to the floor, and Allen was not happy about the play after the game.
“It was the way (Vesely) was setting screens,” Allen said according to the Washington Post. “He was stepping out and extending and every time I tried go around it, his foot was in the way so it just seemed like a train wreck waiting to happen,” Allen said. “That’s always a lesson for me when I try to play basketball with guys during the offseason that don’t know how to play and don’t know how to use their bodies. Be careful. A young player like that, I have to be aware when I’m out there on the floor.”
A bit condescending, no? This is the same Allen who accused David West of having too big of an ego to sign with the Celtics before the season began. West instead chose the Pacers, who are currently 11-4 on the year. Boston, on the other hand, is 7-9 with rumors swirling that their G.M. is getting close to having a fire sale. The 36-year old Allen is coming to the end of his career and it sounds like he’s running out of patience. I can’t say I blame him.
Chest bump to I Am a GM for passing the quote along
Antrel Rolle Will Provide All the Insane Quotes We Need Over the Next Two Weeks, Including Midgets in Brazil
While it is always fun for the media to talk about Bill Belichick and Tom Brady and how dominant the Patriots have been over the past decade, there is only so much they can say about it. Highlights from Super Bowl 42 will be a go-to move, but with two weeks off between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl writers need quotes. They aren’t going to get any from the Patriots players. The last time a Patriot decided to be funny in a press conference, he was benched for the opening drive of a playoff game. Luckily, we have the Giants and Antrel Rolle. As we all know, Rolle loves to make headlines. Unsurprisingly, he got the week off to a fun start on Tuesday.
So there’s that. As Pro Football Talk pointed out, Rolle was also asked what his reaction was when he was first drafted by the Cardinals, to which he responded: “Like Jerry McGuire?”
Normally Rolle is spouting off guarantees left and right or calling out teammates, but it’s early in the week. Being in Brazil with midgets under him or taking the field naked will have to do until we get closer to game time.