Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Somethin' is Brewin'

Winds in the east, mist coming in. 
Like somethin' is brewin' and bout to begin.
Can't put me finger on what lies in store,
But I fear what's to happen all happened before.
- Mary Poppins

The Missus and I - on Date Night this Saturday night - went to the movies.  At her suggestion we went to see Saving Mr. Banks.  To my knowledge, I have neither read nor seen Mary Poppins.  It mattered not.  It took nothing at all away from my enjoyment of the film.  Neither did the fact that I had no goddamned idea who Mr. Banks was until he was identified in the movie as the father in Mary Poppins.

Truth be told, I could pretty much watch Tom Hanks do anything.  Ditto for Emma Thompson.  A nice surprise for me was the good work of Colin Farrell.  While he did not share a single moment on screen with Hanks or Thompson perhaps knowing he was sharing billing with them in this project helped him rediscover his "A" game.  It is your money.  Spend it as you see fit.  I did not regret spending some of mine seeing this particular film on Saturday night.

Saturday was also the day on which the proverbial other shoe fell on Alex Rodriguez.  The independent arbitrator reduced Rodriguez's suspension from 211....to 162.  He shall not play at all in 2014.  Predictably, Rodriguez issued a statement noting that the arbitrator's decision was nothing other than the latest salvo in MLB's campaign to ruin his career, his reputation and his life.  No one does the persecution complex jag quite as well as A-Rod. No one.

When A-Rod appealed his suspension in the second half of the 2013 season, I supported his right to do so in this space.  He exercised the right afforded to him under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  However, it was that very same CBA that gave him the right to have his suspension ruled upon by an arbitrator following a hearing to be conducted in accordance with the terms of the CBA.  As per the CBA, the arbitrator's decision is binding and final.  Not just in Rodriguez's case.  In every player's case. 

Justice was served.  Alex Rodriguez received the due process to which he was entitled.  His mistake is that he has equated receiving that which he wanted with that to which he was entitled.  As anyone who has ever been involved in either our criminal justice system or our civil justice system could have told him, as often as not the two are mutually exclusive concepts.

If only he had bothered to ask....

Front Page New York Post 01/12/14


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