The Yanks: My peeps have Cashman recommending Girardi, and the three talking heads pushing Mattingly. I am not entirely comfortable with the decision making by committee thing - especially when 3/4's of the committee is there due to marriage, or birth. The decision is to be made on Monday, with formal announcement on the replacement supposedly to take place on Tuesday.
The Market and The Greater Good: Friday's action was a big day for Wall St., and more importantly a big day for the world. With the 3 point move in Microsoft's common stock on Friday, Bill Gates' personal net worth went up by about $2.7 billion (that's billion with a B). Give or take a few dimes, he's worth around $30.7 billion. Of that amount, he's only leaving $30 million to family - the rest goes to the Gates Foundation that supports health and education initiatives throughout the world, helping mostly the extreme poor. Simply put, the more money Gates makes, the better off the world is or will be. Just another example of why free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity.
The Media: Kudos to the Washington Post. Other than Fox News, they were the only major media outlet that had the stones to recently lead its news with: A) No American casualties in Iraq the last 8 days, B) The Al Anbar province has been pacified, C) Al Qaeda has been defeated in Iraq, and D) Oh boy, this is the big one, that the surge is actually working. . . . You can always tell what is important to the ideologues that run an organization by what they lead with. The NY and LA Times, Chicago Tribune, CNN, NBC, and MSNBC appear to have a vested interest in America failing. -- They have picked the wrong side.
The Call: As soon as the Yankees name the manager, obviously A-Rod will be the big story. Just for fun, I'd like everyone to state their formal position on A-Rod as soon as possible. I think he opts out, does not re-sign with the Yanks, and is off to the Cubs with a 7 year, $240 million salary, with an equity stake in the club. Any takers on that one????