SportsNet - February 2013
Say this for Zach Greinke: he is not afraid to let people know about his motivations.
Greinke, a starting pitcher who split last season between the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels, signed a 6-year, $147 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers back in December. At the time of the signing, this deal was the second-largest in MLB history among contracts given to pitchers.
And in a rare bit of candid honestly, Greinke left no doubt that money is the biggest reason he will wear Dodger Blue this season.
"I could play for the worst team if they paid the most," Greinke said in an interview with CBSSports.com. "If the last-place team offers $200 million and the first-place team offers $10, I'm going to go for the $200 million no matter what team it was."
The Phillies this year are another year older, and another year removed from their 2008 World Series Championship. Many of the 2008 squad's roster are still intact, but the window is closing fast on making it back with the same core group of players. Charlie Manuel is back at the helm of the club once again this year, and thinks that this group has what it takes to compete for another NL East title this year.
You can always tell when the weather is getting better here in the UK because it is the time of the annual `silly season` for our illustrious hacks in the mainstream media. Of course, the fact that they all reside in a little enclave in London, far removed from reality does not help- matters. Sports journalists in the UK are constantly under pressure to produce new articles about football; unfortunately, sometimes there simply isn’t a story. That is when the silly season starts. Journalists are pressured into inventing stories to grab headlines. Like "PSG in smash and grab £40m raid for disillusioned Rooney!"
Any fans of Manchester United, and there are reputed to be around 650 million of them worldwide, will be startled to see those headlines, as he is one of the few world class stars in the Premiership. Of course, all the top players are subject to this type of hyped-up nonsense, but it seems that the first wisps of Spring in the air and our hacks` integrity flies out of the window on the gentle vernal zephyrs.
John McEnroe is busy training the next group of great American tennis players. In 2010, he launched the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) in his hometown of New York City at the SPORTIME Randall's Island Tennis Center in Manhattan. His vision? Bring the buzz back to tennis--starting in his stomping grounds.
John's passion and belief is that great players can be developed in urban settings, while still having the opportunity to live at home, pursue their educational goals, and participate in a variety of sports and extracurricular activities. He is living proof. During his developmental years, McEnroe went to the Port Washington Tennis Academy on Long Island and remained involved in other activities, playing high school soccer until he was 18. He knows first-hand that training in a tennis-first environment would have been a recipe for disaster for him, and is instead trying to bring the New York urban mentality to training at his academy, while still producing spectacular talent.
With 3 months of the season left, here’s a look at some of the high profile players from the Premier League which any club can sign for free as their contracts run out in June.
After such a brilliant start to his Arsenal career, 31 year old, Andrei Arshavin has suffered a major fall from grace – first, losing his place to Theo Walcott and now, having fully drifted into obscurity, barely making the bench. Having said this, he is still a great technical player with experience who would be a very good free signing and with Reading and Fulham linked in the past, the Russian may still be in the Premier League next season.
Arguably Chelsea’s biggest legend, 34 year old, Frank Lampard could leave Stamford Bridge for free due to Chelsea’s new ‘over 30’ policy. While he has indeed lost a yard of pace, his experience and quality will always remain as Chelsea fans will argue and the England international could join another top European club.