When I think about the week in sports, two things really pop in my head. The first thing was Tiger Woods' amazing U.S. Open win.
Forget Kirk Gibson and forget the Miracle on Ice for a second; Tiger was playing on one knee, knew that whether he played or not, he would miss the rest of the golf season, and also ignored everyone to play for the U.S. Open "in his backyard."
His win over Rocco Mediate was not pretty by any means, but it was probably his most satisfying win of all time.
While Tiger's win and injury news should have been the story of the week, it wasn't. Major League Baseball was very much like a three-ring circus this week. Let revisit all that occurred:
1. Willie Randolph is informed early in the morning by Mets GM Omar Minaya that he is no longer the Mets skipper.
This was not surprising, as it should have happened sooner (maybe during the offseason after the Mets blew the division?) but for me, the timing was awful. The Mets are not going to be a threat this year because of their struggles, so why not fire him during the All-Star break or the offseason?
New York puts too much pressure on their players and managers.
2. John McLaren is fired in Seattle.
Was I surprised by his firing? Absolutely not. I had said that he would be the next manager after Randolph to be fired.
Seattle was plain and simple playing for the first pick of next year's draft. Ichiro was struggling, Sexson and Beltre haven't panned out, and Seattle might be wondering what happened to Erik Bedard.
McLaren shouldn't have been fired this soon, but in a sense he got what he wanted. Who can forget the, "I'm sick of losing" press conference?
3. John Gibbons is fired in Toronto.
Gibbons managed to be a .500 manager while running for the Blue Jays, but obviously that wasn't good enough.
Their signings of AJ Burnett, Frank Thomas, BJ Ryan, and others didn't make the Blue Jays the team they thought they would be, and last place wasn't going to satisfy the team any more. For that, Gibbons was given the heave-ho in favor of former Blue Jays skipper Cito Gaston.
The firing of Gibbons leaves us with three managers fired in one week. That is unheard of! But wait there's more...
4. Carlos Zambrano is injured.
I had a feeling this would happen sometime soon. Zambrano is the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs. When he pitches well, the Cubs go on winning streaks. When he pitches poorly, the team starts losing games.
Zambrano is a fireball when he takes the mound and is not afraid to show you his emotions. Zambrano will miss his next start. The Cubs got really lucky, but it will be interesting to see how they hold up in the next week.
The Cubs were already without Alfonso Soriano, and if they had lost Zambrano, that would have been the dagger to end their World Series hopes.
5. Curt Schilling is out for the season.
I loved Curt Schilling as a pitcher. He was clutch in the playoffs and it is a shame to hear that he is out for the season. I think this latest injury will end his career. It is up in the air if he becomes a Hall of Famer. If he retires, he will be in the same eligibility class as players like Craig Biggio, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds.
6. J.P. Ricciardi can't shut his mouth.
Ricciardi, the Blue Jays general manager, responds to a caller's question on his radio show by saying that Reds slugger Adam Dunn is "a lifetime .230, .240 hitter that strikes out a ton and hits home runs."
Ricciardi also questioned Dunn's passion for baseball. Ricciardi is just the latest idiot to make a bad remark on the radio, and it is hard to believe his apologies.
This week has had one hit after another in baseball. Though it should be Tiger's week, it has not even come close. Baseball tries to get all the attention by firing three managers in four days, and it is sickening. Baseball is becoming a drawn-out soap opera, and I am sure Bud Selig is not going to like what he's about to see.
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