Here are some things I’m thinking about lately.
1. Is there anything the Yankees could do as an organization to make you completely stop rooting for them? I’ve had this conversation with fans about other teams, but never the Yankees. I know for instance that many fans would swear off the Knicks should Isaiah Thomas come back into power. I assume some Mets fans would do the same if they for some reason fired Sandy Alderson and put Omar or Steve Phillips back in charge. What about the Yankees? If they dumped Cashman for Murray Chass or Mike Francesa I might. I can’t think of many realistic scenarios where I’d swear off the Yankees though.
2. I was really interested by the Luis Castillo hullabaloo this week. Mets fans have been crying for his release for some time now and he was unceremoniously thrown to the lions this week, kicked to the curb on Friday. I understand why Mets fans wanted him gone. He’s an older player who should never have gotten that contract from Omar, who plays poor defense, doesn’t have power and somewhat worse, is a symbol of Omar Minaya’s incompetency these last few years. Also apparently he dropped some pop up. He’s not significantly better than their other 2nd base options but he probably is still the best option. Still I understand why Mets fans wanted this done. I think a strong majority of them would rather watch one of their homegrown 2B options struggle than see Castillo in that lineup every day (of course assuming he can stay healthy enough to fit into that lineup which is unlikely).
I always mess with Moshe about being emotional about sports but I think everyone would agree that emotional decision making is seldom a good idea. Is this an emotional decision? Yes. Is it the wrong one though? Will Luis Castillo really provide more value than any other 2nd base option for the Mets? Is that lost value going to keep the Mets from making the playoffs? Probably not. What’s more, I totally understand that fans would rather watch Brad Eamus scuffle at 2nd than see Castillo there at all. Before spring training started I said multiple times that I’d rather see Ivan Nova struggle as the 4th starter than have to watch Bartolo Colon or Freddie Garcia tread water for the Yankees. As it turns out, I may have been wrong on multiple levels about that. However the stakes are a bit higher for the Yankees than the Mets at this particular point. But I’m sure many of you can understand that sentiment. How does everyone else feel about all this?
3. Reading the reports this week about Neftali Feliz being stuffed permanently in the bullpen probably gave every Yankee fan some uncomfortable flashbacks. What is it with these stories? In retrospect, I think the Joba situation was even worse than this. After all, Feliz is actually the closer- the Yankees put Joba in the bullpen to be the nebulous 7-8th inning man. I can’t even discuss this further; it’s like a bad acid flashback.
4. Someone said to me this week that they like the Astros for reasons that are beyond explanation. Of all the teams, the Astros? Ed Wade? The Astros? He doesn’t really root for them, has never been to a single Astros game or even own any Astros apparel. He just LIKES them. When I demanded an explanation, he just kind of shrugged and said, “I dunno. I just like ‘em”. Weirdly enough, I can totally relate to this. For as long as I can remember I’ve had this weird thing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. I have photos of me as a 10 year old with a Pirates hat on. I can’t tell you every player on their 25 man roster, I can’t tell you about “the glory days” and I haven’t even gotten around to reading that great Roberto Clemente biography. I just like them. I don’t watch them on MLB.tv, I haven’t seen that Pirates hat in years and I hate Andrew McCutchen’s batting stance. I can’t say I’m a fan of the Pirates; it’s something less than that. I just…LIKE them. Is that weird? Anyone else have anything like that?
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