Some one should tell A-Rod that cheaters never prosper.
The most embarrassing aspect of that incident is not that everyone now knows that A-Rod is a cheater, it's that everyone now knows that he slaps like a girl. Â Seriously, he looked like a socialite trying to protect her Louis Vuitton handbag from a purse snatcher.
No, history was not made tonight. Despite the near-obsession of sports commentators with that word, virtually nothing that happens in sports is history. It's entertainment.
Granted, the outcome of the series between the Yankees and the Red Sox is not nearly as important as the situation in the Middle East, but to fans, it is much more than mere "entertainment." Â At its very best -- and the 2004 ALCS certainly qualifies, regardless of what happens tonight -- sports is an encapsulation of the experience of life itself, with all of its triumphs and tragedies, highs and lows, all unfolding with glorious unpredictability in real time. Â For that reason, sports can cause a grown man to act like a little kid, hug another man he has never met, and bawl his eyes out in celebration or mourning. Â Show me a movie or concert that can do that.