Thursday, March 12, 2009

If A-Rod's life were a soap opera, would it be called "The Young and the Stupid"?

A few notes this morning of a variety of things happening in Squawkerland:

* I wrote a piece for about what soap-operaish developments may happen in Alex Rodriguez's life, while he recovers from hip surgery. Click here to read the article.

* As somebody who is partially of Dutch descent, I am very excited over the Netherlands team's triumphs so far in the World Baseball Classic. (Hmmm, wonder if A-Rod will get the blame for the Domnican team losing to the Dutch without him?) And I'm figuring that if the Netherlands wins it all, or at least goes further, there will be a "Cool Runnings" type movie coming up about the team. Who knew that Sidney Ponson and Randall Simon were the stuff of miracles?

Anyhow, I wondered what the odds are in the WBC, so I talked to Shane Ford, Head Lines Manager, at about it. He said, "Lots of money now coming in on the USA to win it, especially with the Dominicans now out. USA started the tournament at +250, and now are +150 favorites. The Netherlands were a whopping 250/1 before the tournament started and now are 30/1."

Does it make me a bad American to root for the Dutch? First the Mets vs. Red Sox dilemma on who to root against at the Citi Field game I'm going to, and now this!

What do you think? Leave us a comment!


Alvaro Fernandez Ravelo said...

Aside from the Yankees, I always root for the underdog. I think it's kind of a therapy, because true Yankee fans expect 162-0 season and World Series ring, every year.
Great games by the way! Aussies vs Cubans was good too!

Anonymous said...

Just like with My Yanks...USA all the way ....I might be of Irish decent but I was born in the USA and I'm PROUD of it !!!

Go Yankees 2009 !!

Anonymous said...

How can you not root for Team USA? We so seldom get to root for Americans only on sport's teams and I think this is a special treat. USA all the way! My father was from Ireland and my family is always thrilled when Irish atheletes/Teams do well but it was always second to the U.S. My father raised his six kids to know that there is not a greater privilege than to be a citizen of the U.S.A. Lisa, you are rooting for another country to beat us in the Great American Pass Time? Shocking!

Lisa Swan said...

Maybe I should do like A-Rod, and root for the American team one year, and the Dutch the next!

Actually, if it's the US vs. the Netherlands, I will root for the Americans. But that doesn't mean I can't cheer on the Dutch in the meantime!

mhochman said...

I'm the same way Lisa, i'm a Mets fan, I love an underdog, GO NEDERLANDS! but i am rooting for the USA to win it all.

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