Open thread: Yanks win, Yanks lose and Al Rosen passes away

The Yankees beat the Tigers at home, 4-1 and they lost to the Blue Jays on the road, 1-0. Exciting!

Oh and A-Rod was booed in Dunedin. Some people are acting like this is newsworthy. Some people = the writers who were covering that game. Newsflash: A-Rod's always been booed. It dates back to pre-steroid admissions so I'm really not sure what the big deal is. If the opposing fans were to chant his name and give him a standing ovation, then it would be newsworthy. Right?

And some sad news to pass on. Al Rosen, who won the American League M.V.P. in 1953 and who served as President and CEO of the Yankees from 1978-79, died yesterday at the age of 91.

From the AP:

Rosen played his entire career with Cleveland from 1947 to 1956. He was a member of the Indians' 1948 World Series title team -- playing only five games that season and getting one at-bat in the series win over the Boston Braves.

 

In 1953, Rosen batted .336 with 43 homers and 145 RBIs. He nearly won the Triple Crown but was beaten out for the batting title by Washington's Mickey Vernon, who hit .337. Rosen was unanimously picked the AL's top player.

 

A four-time All-Star, Rosen drove in 100 runs in five straight seasons.

In 1980, Rosen went to the Astros and worked in their front office until 1985. He served as the Giants' general manager from 1985 - 1992.

He was named Sporting News Executive of the year as President and GM of the San Francisco Giants in 1987 and that makes him the only person in baseball history to win an MVP on the field and the Executive of the Year award off it. How cool is that?

The Indians put out a statement confirming Rosen's death and Larry Dolan, father of owner Paul Dolan said, "We lost a cherished member of the Indians family last night. Watching Al play was a true joy and something Indians fans of our generation still cherish."

Indians President Mark Shapiro said, "He was an inspiration to us all and had a special presence, strength and intellect. His fierce competitive nature and toughness was legendary."

I found this nice quote from the late, great Casey Stengel on Rosen: "That young feller, that feller's a ballplayer. He'll give you the works every time. Gets all the hits, gives you the hard tag in the field. That feller is a real competitor..."

Our condolences to his family and friends.