The latest news from this goddamn circus is that tonight’s starting second baseman will be … Doug Mientkewicz. No shit. We have a *first * baseman at the pivot, with Lowe and his ground ball outs and his already-shaky confidence on the mound. Francona says it’s “just to get the wheels spinning.”
My reactions to the news were, in order:
- WTF? Minkey is a Gold Glover where he was. That’s why we fuckin’ traded for him, ain’t it, to *improve * the team defensively?
- Terry Francona is a moron. The statball shit he espouses has softened his brain.
- It’s over, even if it doesn’t have to be.
All the injuries were overcomeable. Yes, Nixon, Reese, Williamson, and maybe even Bellhorn are out for probably the year, and it may be over for Williamson. Nomar’s gone, but hey, Theo the Boy Wonder got an underachieving Cabrera and a good-field, no hit 1B who’d lost his job to the already-legendary Justin Morneau in return. But there’s enough depth on the roster that this team still shouldn’t be slobbing along at .500 month after month. But it is.
Minky has played exactly one (1) frickin’ inning at 2B in his MLB career. All he did was tell Francona “Hey, with Youkilis out tonight, I could take over at second” and that was it. Maybe, maybe I could go along with 3B - if Harmon Killebrew and Tony Perez could do it, so could this nonhitter, and his footwork is a little better. But that isn’t the plan - in Statball, fielding is discounted because it’s hard to quantify, so what the fuck, might as well go with the hunches, and it’s really just like slow-pitch softball at the company picnic, huh?
This wasn’t supposed to happen, not with the remains of the Yawkey legacy of failure finally swept aside and a new, deep-pockets owner in place. But it’s happened anyway. The good parts are gone or going, the new guys have no fucking clue, they can’t admit that hiring a 29-year-old as GM and a pleasant fool as manager were mistakes, Pedro and Varitek and Lowe will be met by George and his checkbook as soon as they leave the park on the last day of the season, which will be in early October.
If they brought back Grady Little, at least he’d know not to leave Pedro in after 7 anymore. Can we at least do that, please?