Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Shortstop heaven

Let me see if I've got this straight. Jeter at Shortstop, A-Rod at third and Nomar Garciappara at first? Who's going to play second base? Furcal?

These three players were the top three shortstops of the last decade and now they (maybe) play for the New York Yankees next year? What a strange world we live in. If anyone had told me this was going to happen, I would have said they were crazy!

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BostonSportPage.Com said...

Of course, if the Yankees had all three ten years ago, it would be a coup. Today, I look on it as the same desperation that drove them to pull Bucky Dent out of whatever the heck he is doing for a living to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before game seven in October 2004. Having the best team and rubbing it in is fine. When panic sets in and the only response is to try to hurt another team instead of the motive being to improve your team is a sign that there are serious issues.

If the Yanks were being intelligent, they would have made the moves to bring in pitching, as flash-in-the-pan Aaron Small, Shawn freaking Chacon, an aging Moose, injury-prone Chieng-Ming Wang, wash-out Carl Pavano, and old man Big Eunich are not exactly the Mussina, Clemens, Petitte, and El Duque line-up that struck fear into teams in the playoffs back when they won.

The Yanks going after Nomar is a great sign for us Sox fans: IT MEANS THEY STILL DON'T GET IT! And that is good news indeed.

Mike said...

I wouldn't put it down to desperation, although you're right about the Yankees needing pitching more than anything else. It's the same thing the Red Sox need.

No, I would put it down to exploring all of the options at hand. If they can get nomar (with his .300+ AVG) playing first, then their batting lineup just keeps getting stronger.

Sure, they need pitching first, but they're having the same issues we are... Finding it. Where are the good pitchers?