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Not a WD, he quit

May 16, 2011
By MIKE MATHISON - Sports editor (mmathison@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

Tiger Woods quit.

Quit.

Call it what you want. Put as much window dressing on it you want, he quit, he did not withdraw.

For Tiger, he quit a tournament and the fans.

Woods withdrew Thursday after carding a pedestrian-like 42 on the front side at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. He said pain in his left leg was the culprit.

"The knee acted up and then the Achilles followed after that, and then the calf started cramping up," he said Woods. "Everything started getting tight, so it's just a whole chain reaction."

You see, that is the excuse for quitting.

Injury.

But, I remember not too long ago, June 2008, where Tiger limped around Torrey Pines Golf Course for 90 holes and won the U.S. Open in an 18-hole playoff over Rocco Mediate.

What's the difference?

Why play one time and not the other.

That's simple - he shot 42.

That six-over par score for nine holes assured Tiger of not winning the golf tournament so it was easy for him to leave fellow competitors Martin Kaymer and Matt Kuchar alone to play the next 27 holes as a twosome surrounded by threesomes.

If Tiger shoots 32, does he quit?

Nope.

Not a chance.

A four-under 32 meant he was in contention.

The bigger question, though, is that the PGA Tour must figure out a way to survive life without Tiger.

I would have loved to sit down Sunday and watch the final 18 at The Players Championship, but I was at Vaccaro Field watching two high school baseball games that were finally played after being postponed for three days.

I could care less if Tiger was there.

I wanted to see good golf and there is a lot of good golf by players not named Woods.

Jorge Posada was moved to No. 9 in the lineup Saturday by New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Posada, who played with Girardi on the Yankees, acted like a 6-year-old when he wanted to take his bat home with him.

A mystery back ailment popped up and Posada was scratched.

Posada, batting a whopping .165, has been moved to be the designated hitter this year because the Yankees signed Russell Martin as the catcher and he is hitting the cover off the ball.

So, once Posada quit on his teammates, Andruw Jones was inserted into the lineup against Boston.

Posada took himself out of the lineup against the Red Sox - even more proof that he quit. How do you not want to play against your hated rival?

To make matters worse, Posada's wife defended him on Twitter.

Yep, Jorge, that's what you want, a note from your wife excusing your behavior.

Who do you think you are, an over-babied 16-year-old?

The 39-year-old is making $13.1 million this season, so the possibility of him retiring is slim, at best.

So, what do you do if you are Girardi.

You sit him down until he decides to be a team player.

Girardi will soon have to make another tough decision with Derek Jeter, who is hitting .260-something and continues to prove General Manager Brian Cashman's point that he overpaid Jeter in the offseason just because he is Jeter.

No one else wanted an aging shortstop whose better days are clearly far behind him.

I would say that sometime soon you may see Jeter at No. 8 and Posada at No. 9 in the Yankees' lineup.

New York's starting infield makes something just short of $80 million per season. The outfield lineup is iffy, at best, and the starting pitching will continue to be a huge question mark.

Yankee fans, I think it is time for a major overhaul.

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be reached at mmathison@heraldstaronline.com)

 
 

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