I'll admit there's no easier target in American sports than Scott Boras, who, of course, brought it all on himself. He declared himself after the 2000 season, when he completely ignored A-Rod's wishes (to go to the Mets) and sold his services to the Texas Rangers for $252 million.
Now think about that figure for a minute. A quarter billion over 10 years -- with a nice and clean $25 mil annual wage -- wasn't enough for Boras; he needed that extra 2 mil to double Kevin Garnett's record $126 million deal with the Timberwolves. Tom Hicks was foolish enough to give it to him. Instead of sending A-Rod to baseball-mad New York and letting him fight Jeter for prince-of-the-city rights, Boras stuck him in a football-mad market with an owner who would never have the budget for championship-level pitching, not with A-Rod bringing in the 252.
Boras didn't just cost A-Rod three years of his prime (and three chances to win that ring that's still not on his finger); he cost him his job. In order to escape to New York, A-Rod had to agree to become a third baseman.
Which brings me to this question: What position will Barry Zito offer to play when he jail-breaks from his personal Alcatraz in San Francisco?
Boras got him a $126 million deal with the Giants -- half an A-Rod, not double a Garnett -- and Zito is 11-19 since, including 0-6 this year. San Fran was the worst possible landing place for Zito. Barry Bonds was still polluting the clubhouse last season, and now the Giants are trying to rebuild in his toxic wake.
Meanwhile, Zito has been so pathetic that he's been demoted to the bullpen. He's officially the world's first $126 million middle reliever.
Boras is on some roll here. Defanged and defrocked by A-Rod after the disgusting opt-out in the middle of the World Series, the uber agent now works for yet another superstar completely miserable in his big-league skin.
Hey, but you can't beat the commission. And that's the only way Scott Boras keeps score.