Usually a circus the size of that which will hit U.S. Cellular Field tonight takes place in the United Center when it hits Chicago, in late fall, bumping the Bulls out to an extended trip west, often of mixed results.
Not even Ringling Bros. and and Yugo full of sad-ass clowns could cook up a spectacle as equally freewheeling and mystifying as that which surrounds Alex Rodriguez right now, he who would be home run king and now is nothing but the biggest head that’s gonna fly off Bud Selig’s guillotine in about a minute.
After showing off a little of the old home run stroke Friday in scenic Trenton, New Jersey, playing for the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate, A-Rod felt confident that he was ready to re-join the Yankees for the first time this season after shaking off injury (I’d love to look it up, but hardly anyone even mentions what he was out for to enter this season, all that matters now is what’s keeping A-Rod out to come) and some of his gained late-30s weight.
The lucky team that gets to help welcome A-Rod along with the Yanks, who I’m sure are welcoming him back to the clubhouse warmly, is the Chicago White Sox, as irrelevant a major league baseball team this season as there is.
Please believe me when I say that I’m not being factious in saying that the Sox are lucky to be getting this series with New York at this time — this could possibly be the final major league series for the player seen as the biggest tragedy of the steroid era, the most precipitous of fall-offs the game has seen, the richest player baseball has seen flailing wildly into the darkness as everyone guesses just how how far he will fall.
People would come out to 35th and Shields to see the Yanks thrash the Sox regardless this week, but from those in the $7 seats high above the third base line to the Sox beat writers who can finally ask a question of someone who people want to hear from (sorry, Robin) the next couple days will be a treat. Just try to ignore any thoughts you may have about how sad a figure really is the clown in the middle of all this.
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