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One Last Weak Winter Post

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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…

Written by halejon

February 25, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. Wait, am I missing something? That game was when he supposedly was first hurt? Maybe so, but it apparently wasn’t a hindrance for a while. Looking at his game log he had essentially the same BA and OPS on August 9 as he did after that 3 HR game. In fact, the rest of August wasn’t bad, though certainly off the pace.

    It was only in September that he fell completely apart. Curious.

    WillRain

    February 25, 2008 at 10:01 pm

  2. Agreed, the Eck stuff is getting old; the old line about how everyone focuses on what Adam Dunn can’t do rather than what he can jumps to mind. And it’s not like Eck is getting paid Julio Lugo money or got a multi-year deal either. Those of us who saw John McDonald “hit” in the second half of 2006 or 2007 after he became a regular knew that something had to be done at SS. Eck was probably the least bad option this off-season.

    Has Gibby actually said that J-Mac will not be used as a late game defensive sub in close games? That don’t make no sense.

    johnny was

    February 25, 2008 at 10:04 pm

  3. They said the cyst could have been caused by the torn Labrum (and there was a rotator cuff fray in there as well?) so it could have been that day was when he got the tear, but he was able to play through with anti-inflammatories until the cyst totally messed him up, or the collisions with the wall that supposedly made it worse.

    halejon

    February 25, 2008 at 10:20 pm

  4. I haven’t heard that Gibby is going to run Eck into the ground anywhere else and it would make no sense. Especially with his bad back. I hope it’s a misquote – this is the Sun we’re talking about here…

    halejon

    February 25, 2008 at 10:33 pm

  5. I like Eck and what he brings to the team…I wish there was some way we could keep him the next few years as a bench player even if we upgraded the starter, but with Scooter and J-Mac signed for 2009, the deck is stacked against that.

    WillRain

    February 26, 2008 at 3:42 am


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