Due to tons and tons of running around today, I won't be posting History of Sport today and I'm not exactly sure when it'll be up but I will have it up this week, I promise.
Today I wanted to rant about the biased coverage of the New York Yankees.
As a Baltimore Orioles fan, I loved the Orioles' annihilation of the Yankees tonight with the score of 12-2, including a seven-run first inning in which Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina was pulled after only two-thirds of an inning. After the game is over, I like checking Yahoo for the recap of the game. But who played the Yankees again? According to Yahoo Sports, the "wonderful" Alex Rodriguez, #13 left, hit a two-run home run against an invisible team! Wow!
Yahoo recap headline: "Jeter hurt, A-Rod homers in Yankees' 12-2 loss"
So what if it was A-Rod's return to the lineup? The Orioles had two home runs in that game, by Kevin Millar and Luke Scott, right, along with a 3 RBI double by Adam Jones. Oh, don't forget about the RBI triple by Brian Roberts. Then there's also Daniel Cabrera's third straight win as he walked no one. Last year Cabrera led the MLB in walks and losses. Talk about improvement.
Instead they focus on A-Rod hitting a two-run home run while the Orioles were up by ten runs.
And the headline on the main Yahoo MLB page for the game? "Alex Rodriguez homers in return to Yankees' lineup"
I don't know about anybody else, but I'm pretty danged sure other players have hit home runs in the first game back from an injury.
Yes, I know the Yankees are one of the most marketable teams in the MLB and that A-Rod is a money machine, but sometimes people just get sick and tired of hearing about them all the time, especially when the media somehow finds a way to put such a minor accomplishment on a pedestal when the team played the rest of the game poorly like they have all season.
Hey, the Yankees are in last place and have lost four in a row. Give it a rest.
~ Chris, guest blogger