Oh man…what a week. The glamour, the intrigue, the money, the fame, the power, the steals…and the deals. ‘Billions’ and Bobby Axe and Wags? Of course not. I’m talking the biggest fish in all of MLB. In New York State, trout fishing does not officially begin until April 1 (See what you learn, my flock…but I digress). But on the West Coast, you can fish anytime of the year…unless there’s an earthquake, mudslide, forest fire, traffic on the 101 or the Santa Ana winds blowing your hair into a frizz. And because you can throw your line into the water, or in this case the dugout, anytime, anywhere, Mike Trout, take the hook out of your neck. For 400 large, you can build your own man-made lake!
But just because he is now the 400 Million Dollar Man (Remember when Lee Majors was the ‘6 Million Dollar Man’, and everyone thought THAT was a big deal), and he is a 5-tool player, with over-the-top stats…you can’t buy charisma. Or personality. Or that ‘It’ factor. I do know that Trout loves the Weather Channel, and maybe will buy a space station with all of his money. And maybe it’s due to the fact that he plays in LA, although that hasn’t hurt all of the legends who have worn the Dodger blue. Is it the Angels? Possible. But can we harken back to Bo Belinsky and Dean Chance? Household names…pitchers…Angels. Neither an HOF. But even wayyyy before social media, you knew who they were. Or Nolan Ryan…or Carew…or Vlad Guerrero. I know, not apples to apples, but despite all the money, in terms of the public accolades, the love of the masses, the adoration of Little Leaguers from Waco to Williamsport, this Trout is swimming upstream. Great player, generational talent, on his way to Cooperstown.
But the ‘Color of Money’ wasn’t a lock in the pool hall.
The mega deal can’t make fish into Curry chicken.
And I can’t believe the Yanks didn’t even get to say hello!!
It’s never a good thing when you’re issuing positive reports on your ace at the end of spring training...throwing off flat ground. Wake me up when Seve makes it to the mound.
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The Jets will never completely take over the Big Yapple from Big Blue…but you may want to catch their games over the next few years.
When Rafa has to yet again pull out of a hardcourt tournament, you realize how remarkable the Fed run continues to be.
The news on Tom Terrific was devastating to all of the youth who remember his brilliance…and godspeed to his family.
The Mets needed better players to complement their studs on the mound. They have better players. Mickey and friends…your serve.
When your senior guard is banned from the NCAA tourney for a drug violation, it’s not a good look for the program. As a former NY GM once said…”Bad optics.”
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