Doc Zero said:
Exactly. There's no incentive for Girardi/the organization to grandstand or to be cute about this. Play him until he can't play anymore and move on. I wouldn't understand them handling it any other way.
A good friend of mine is a rabid Yankees fan. He foams at the mouth regularly. He's of the position that the commissioner should ban him for life even if wouldn't clear his salary from the Yankees. He's angry... seething even, about the idea of ARod taking the field again. He's the kind of fan who was livid that Leyland didn't take the risk of holding Rivera back for the 9th inning in the All Star game because "That's Mo's inning!!!1!!" We've been arguing back and forth about this whole thing as rumors have swirled and reports have varied from banned for life to suspended and allowed to play during his appeal.
He doesn't care that it would be pissing on the CBA, he doesn't care that it would set an awful precedent, and he doesn't care that it is out of alignment with how other offenders are being handled. He wants ARod out of the game, no matter the cost. I suspect, there are plenty of people who agree with him. My friend is also the kind of fan who hates Girardi and "his binder!" because he doesn't pay enough respect to the way the game is supposed to be played... "on the field, not on a computer." So he's firmly established himself as irrational and overly emotional. However, there are plenty of Yankees fans in NY who are similar and the team isn't blind to that.
I agree with you that they are likely to simply play him as long as they can and then move on once he is suspended, but I would be shocked if there haven't been multiple meetings about this in which someone or several people seriously suggested sitting him or even cutting him. He's an enormous headache for the Yankees and they can't win in this situation. Either they play him or they don't. If they don't, they're wasting a roster spot and are likely making a mediocre team worse. If they do, he either plays well or he doesn't. If he plays well, maybe they hang on to the hope of a playoff spot and draw in some extra fans at home but they will have to deal with the PR hit which will be massive coming from the fans and local media skewering them for playing him, even if ti's the only logical thing.
And then there's the scenario where he plays and sucks. Fans will go trip over themselves trying get on Francesa's or Steven A. Smith's show to demand the Yankees cut him or DFA him. There are no good outcomes for the Yankees here. The haters should be happy, no matter what... it's just a matter of how good it is for people who are looking for that schadenfreude.
Ed Hillel said:
The A Bomb for Arod, fittingly on the anniversary of Nagasaki.
Jon: That ball is hit deep. IT IS DEEP... IT IS FAR... IT IS... a home run. So ARod goes deep in his first game back and, you know, Suzyn, it strikes me how utterly different that home run was from the one Derek Jeter hit in his first at bat back with the club, on the first pitch... capturing that moment in a way that only a man such as he could do. Isn't Derek Jeter great?
Suzyn: Just a minute!
Jon: Uh, Suzyn? What are you...?
Suzyn: DEREK... JEEEETEEEEEER!
Jon: So Robbie Cano steps in and...