One Last Weak Winter Post
Fire Joe Morgan recently did their thing on another David Eckstein article. Maybe it’s just that he’s a Jay now, but the shtick seems to be rapidly playing itself out: not every crowd-pleasing article that refuses to call Eck an outright fraud is worth heaps of scorn and ridicule. Anyway, interesting that Alfredo Griffin taught David how to get by at SS with no arm. Recall that until last year, Eckstein was an above-average fielder, but still has to put in everything he’s got while flipping the ball to second and somehow manages to make every single routine play at first incredibly close.
In honour of all the feel-good “one week into the season and nobody’s injured!” articles out there, here’s a cruel reminder of how bad things were last season: Vernon Wells broke down and cried last June (and not just over a sucky chick-flick). And the original cause of his injury? A monster 3-HR game against Josh Beckett. Note Jamie Campbell’s haunting medical opinion: “he’s not hurt, he just homered!”. This was of course right around the time that Vernon turned his incredible breakout season into a mediocre second half and then totally flew off the tracks the following year.
Almost as entertaining is Campbells’ classic call of Wells’ first bomb:
Look at this thing! That thing takes about fifteen minutes to come out of the sky…
Fortunately, last season someone bought Jamie a baseball thesaurus and was rolling off such classic home run terms as “thingummy”, “thingamabob”, “thingmajig”, even working in the occasional “whatchamacallit” like he’d been doing it all his life…
- Update: The long-awaited Casey Janssen interview is up at Bluebird Banter. Geez, details about his pre-game routine – you mean people care about things other than that he’s “feelin’ great” and “ready to go”?!?