Before we get to the big news of the day, let’s take a minute to talk about that amazing Wimbledon final from yesterday. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federererererererer are something special. If you didn’t watch this match, you missed out on probably the greatest tennis match of all time. Not only was it the longest played Wimbledon final but with three rain delays it tested each man’s will and emotions. Then there were the points — my goodness were there some points. Remember a few years ago when serves were getting so fast and big that everyone thought the game would just turn into a serve-fest and there would be no rallies. That is not the case and definitely not the case in this match. There were some long amazing points.
I watched the first two sets and it was obvious Federer was not at his best. Then the rain came for a half hour or so, more tennis, then another rain delay. I had to go to a family party at this point and when I came home two hours later I thought I’d check to see who won. Never did I think they’d be in the fifth set tied at 5 games.
I know tennis will never catch on like golf. There are way more recreation golfer than there are tennis players. Even Tiger’s shaving partner Federer couldn’t do for tennis what Tiger did for golf. But maybe, if these type of matches between Federer and Nadal keep happening, there may be at least a little more interest because yesterday it was a treat to watch that final.
Now, on to C.C. Sabathia news. We all knew this day was coming. C.C. will likely be traded this afternoon to Milwaukee. First, if C.C. has to go, I’m glad it’s Milwaukee and not New York or Boston. Second, the Tribe better get good value in return. The last time they traded their ace mid-season (Bartolo Colon) they got three All-Stars in Brandon Phillips, Cliff Lee and Grady Sizemore. It’s hard to expect the same thing, but Cleveland has to make sure they get who they want. You and I have no idea who these prospects are coming to Cleveland for C.C. so we have to trust Shapiro and his staff did their homework on them. They shouldn’t have to settle for someone they don’t feel strongly about. In addition to the two or three prospects, Cleveland should be able to get one major leaguer. A J.J. Hardy would be nice. But who knows. We don’t know if the prospects will actually become good players and we don’t when that may happen. We don’t We don’t know anything but C.C. Sabathia is leaving and the Indians will finish in last place.
Another I don’t know, should I be mad at C.C. for not accepting the contract extension (I believe it was 4-years, $76 million) in spring training, or should I be mad at the Indians for not continuing to rework the contract and find something that works? There can be cases made both ways for both sides. But when I think about it, I think I’ll still root for C.C. and Milwaukee. Of course, if C.C. moves to NY or Boston in the offseason, I won’t be.
Are you ready for some football?!?!!?!?!?!?!? A Monday night party!?!?!?!?!?!!? It’s the Gladiators taking on the Georgia Force tonight at 8. LET’S GO GLADS!!!
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