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As always, great stuff Kevin. Thanks for the update.
Sabean's short-term moves that helped the Giants are pretty obvious. But, let's be clear here, his "ranking" is largely a reflection of the absolute greatness of one Baseball Anti-Christ Bonds. Rather than seeing Sabean as ranking well as a GM (especially now), I see Sabean covered by Bonds.
I noticed--in Strat Fan Forum no less--that Joe was leaving BP. Upsetting news. As a purchaser of BP books from WAY, WAY back and a subscriber to BP since WAY back, I've become increasingly concerned that the talent (writing and analytical) of people like Sheehan is not being adequately replaced. (And to the developing "talent" at BP I apologize if that reads like an insult to you; my intention is to focus on excellent work by folks like Joe Sheehan and not criticize up-and-coming baseball analysis.) BP should be improving and expanding (literally and intellectually) and I often find it to be doing an about-face. I will continue to subscribe, but this is upsetting news.
Best of luck Joe Sheehan. I'll miss your columns and your chats.
Yeah, I'm thrilled. Look at all that money to go "all-in." Hey, what do you know, it worked for once. Yeah, Go Yankees!
It was a cool day. The pitching match-up didn't hurt either (Haren vs. Hernandez). Pardon my grammatical errors, I was writing quickly.
Postscript: I forgot to mention that Swisher had (still has?) his own website around this time. I was impressed enough by his subtle and personal effort to cheer for that kid that I went home and sent him a note. (Again: With all the noise and commotion, I don't know how he even noticed this little kid lost among former athletes and other adults mingling around home plate.) He responded a few days with words to the effect of surprise...i.e. he didn't do anything outside of what he normally does at the ballpark. Seems like a good dude with his head in the right place.
1: Nicest and surprising in a good way: Opening Day in Seattle two (?) years ago and the Mariners had a good half dozen events going at the same time (fireworks, first pitches, former player appearances, Mariner "family" RIPs, etc). During this time (and right before the game) a number of Oakland players were stretching and warming up. (My friends and I were seated along the left field line and not more than ten rows back.) After a string of fireworks inside the closed dome, the announcer mentioned some kid selected by a local charity was going to be this season's kid-to-run-the-bases-at-the-first-home-game.
The kid was nondescript and nearly lost in all the events surrounding him. I think someone had to usher him to the plate. But the little dude was brave and he ready to run. As he approached the plate, Nick Swisher stood up from the stretching pack and began to clap for him. (I write the rest with absolutely NO negative view for the players who didn't notice or who were busy getting ready; the game was going to start once this kid finished and the field could be cleaned of all the riffraff.)
I don't remember how the kid started, but he started fast (for him). Rounding first and you could tell he was tired. Swisher kept clapping and walking toward the infield. Head down, body leaning forward, the kid rounded second and was slowing fast. By this time, Swisher (still clapping and now cheering for him) had reached the infield. The kid looked up around second base and saw someone in a MLB uniform cheering for him. The kid (I'm not kidding) raised himself up and completed his run with a huge grin on his face...past third and on to home plate. Swisher stayed on the infield dirt clapping and cheering for him until he touched home plate. Then, Swisher just calmly walked off the field to the Oakland dugout. I "liked" him already, but after that I went home and bought my then 4 1/2 year-old an Oakland A's/Swisher t-shirt.
2. Nick Swisher and Matt Stairs now
Darrell Evans and Doug Flynn when I was a kid. Doug Flynn? Yup, Doug
Come on Jelly. Most are clean: they\'re professional athletes; training like crazy and all year long; weight lifting from their teens; highly competitive; eating right; yeah, taking supplements; surgically repaired and coming back quickly; etc, etc.
This site delves into these issues in so much more depth than most of the drivel on the Internet, let alone the print or television media. I for one appreciate that. And, while I fully understand that \"stars\" are going to be amongst that group, most of the players are going to be guys trying to hang on or make it. Releasing this list is going to create a new round of serious mistrust and outright contempt by the players toward the owners, the judicial system and MLB.
Maybe this explains why ARod\'s been so moody for the last couple of years: NYC pressure and then this???
Good work Will (and everyone else here)!
Kent in Portland
Nice to see a little football mentioned here. I\'m late to the party. Kaka\'s not worth that money. He\'s going to go to Citee and be expected to be Robinho + Torres + Van Persie x2 and he\'s never going to fulfill those expectations. What\'s more, he\'s going to be targeted and defenses like those at Bolton and Rovers are going to kick the crap out of his lithe body.
Musho Betis! :)