I'm calling it now -- Alex Rodriguez will hit his 600th career home run this afternoon. How can I be so sure of this? It's because I will miss watching his at-bats for the first time since he hit #599. I will be at the Mets game today with Squawker Jon, watching Met (or is that Yankee?) icons Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry get inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame. So, it seems to me that A-Rod will hit No. 600 today, and not only will I miss seeing it live, but I'll have to hear Mets fans boo when the home run is announced on the scoreboard! Good grief.
Anyhow, the big news in Yankeeland -- besides the huge Rays/Yankee series, that is (Robby Cano, doncha know!) -- are the newest Yankees. Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns, and Kerry Wood, come on down! You're the next contestants on "The Price Is Right"!
I think Berkman is a decent pickup. As DH, he'll be taking the place Nick Johnson was supposed to do. Johnson was one of Brian Cashman's biggest follies as GM; how Cash thought Johnson would stay healthy is a question for the ages! (Not to mention not re-signing Johnny Damon. I'm still peeved about that!)
But anyhow, I also really like Berkman's personality -- he seems like a well-spoken, funny guy, so he should fit in well in New York. And Squawker Jon and I have decided he looks like country singer Vince Gill. Just sayin'.
I guess Austin Kearns should be okay, but I'm not all that excited over him. As for Kerry Wood, I have some concerns about his injury history. But as long as he can stay healthy, he has to be better than Chan Ho Park, who got DFAed yesterday.
Anyhow, I'll tape today's Yankee game. And I fully expect to come home and watch A-Rod's 600th career homer. You heard it here first.
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