July 11, 2010
Girardi, Konerko and Sexy Numbers
In explaining his choice of Paul Konerko, over Kevin Youkilis, to replace the injured Justin Morneau on the All-Star roster, Joe Girardi uttered the following words: "I took the guy whose numbers are a little bit better".
Nothing against Konerko, who is a fine player, but Girardi's grasp of numbers in this case is tenuous at best. Yes, Konerko has hit two more home runs and has six more RBI, but that would be like choosing the girl with the slightly larger bust over the one who has an overall-better body, is prettier, and would make a better marriage partner.
Personal taste is personal taste, but going strictly by the numbers, Girardi proposed to the wrong girl.