What To Say When A Hero Falls
When it comes to explaining Cruz, I’m not sure anyone can yet, except Nelson himself. There are many people saying that he never medicated to bulk up, but to help his ailing hamstrings heal quickly. I can understand the want and need to heal quickly and get back to the team, but never at this kind of price. Cruz plays on a team that expects to contend, and he’s a huge part of that success; but, now that he’s going to have to step away, there is the dark cloud of “how do you replace him” hanging over the front office. It will be hard on everyone to lose him, especially when the cause was avoidable.
Lesson from the A-Rod Experiment: Spend Money Wisely
Explaining A-Rod will be an interesting feat unto itself. He’s a cautionary tale about how things can spiral out of control when you feel the need to protect a career and the financials that come with it at any cost. There’s one important, if slightly understated, lesson that comes with A-Rod’s tale: financial responsibility. Tom Hicks was credited with pulling off a huge feat and nabbing a big name in the winter, but at a very steep price. Now, that steep price comes with the consequence of Rodriguez still getting paid during his suspension, thanks to the way the Rangers decided to defer the payments of money owed to him. Hicks did not make a financially responsible move by any means. It not only impacted the club then, but still does even now in the modern day.
I’m looking forward to the day when I get to introduce my children to the game of baseball. I want them to hear about the good and bad and learn from it all. There are valuable lessons to be learned in every facet of the game, even if they only get to enjoy baseball as a fan.