They. Are. Trying. To. Raise. Our. Hopes.
They. Think. We. Will. Bite.
They. Think. We. Were. Born Yesterday.
As Brett Gardner steps up to the plate, stepping up to the microphone is the voice of the New York Yankees, John Sterling.
Cashman: "I had no idea Amish beliefs precluded use of photography. How do they get Driver's Licenses?"
I saw this on an nyyfans.com forum yesterday, and it got me a-thinkin'...
Here is Baseball America's snapshot of the Yankees' best prospects of 2006. The red marks are mine. Seven out of 10 players have had productive MLB careers (I'm nixing Tabata, a disappointment, otherwise, you could argue 8 of 10.) To this day, some scouts claim the oft-injured Chris Garcia had the best stuff of anybody; he pitched for Washington in 2012 and is still going at Triple A; (don't count him out.) Only Cox - who once looked like a RH-bullpen monster - went poof.
Basically, eight years ago, the Yankees had one hell of farm system, even if we didn't reap all the benefits. But even the losses weren't total losses. We flipped Tabata to the Pirates, traded Kennedy and Austin Jackson for Granderson; we gave away Tyler Clippard, and dealt Melancon - who's been been up and down - for Fat Elvis, Lance Berkman - a disaster in pinstripes, then a star in St. Louis. Go figure.
... so they can raise our hopes, and we can actually start to believe in them...
... and then they'll lose five straight.
Rest assured, this team from Hell is not finished with us.
... because no one should have to endure the agony of watching the Yankees actually try to score a run.
(and by the way, if you didn't know -- "4" is Canadian for "3")
Keep in mind, he's talking about the real Yankee Stadium, not the current copy.
I recognize that Triple A games don't matter, that Scranton-Wilkes Barre doesn't really exist, and that the real key to International League play is to never ask a pitcher to take one for the team. When a staff is tired, compromises must be made. I'm all in. Still... two games in a row?
Last night, here's the Scranton box score. Keep in mind: Jose Gill is a catcher.
Of course, this reminds me of the Yankee brown-nose brigade - alias the YES Men - which quickly announces long-term victory, whenever Cashman peddles a no-name prospect for an over-the-hill rock star. (I'm thinking the baseball equivalent of Steve Perry.) But here it is, anyway: Instant history. Read it and weep.