The Yankees were down by a couple of runs when I shut off the TV and went to bed. I wasn’t worried. Sweaty Freddy looked strong and we were facing the weak-hitting Mariners, and although King Felix was on the mound, Ichiro had just smacked a double. I was hopeful.
And then I woke up to….The News.
Absolutely horrifying that A-Rod has joined the list of casualties this season. Just when we shore up the outfield following the Gardner/Swisher injuries, Felix goes and breaks Alex’s hand/metacarpal/pinky. After I read about it, I nearly threw my laptop out the window.
And yeah, we lost the game. (Thank you, Rapada, Qualls and Logan.)
So now what? Sure, Chavez is a great third baseman but he’s not an everyday player, was never meant to be. Ramiro Pena is a known quantity but not a major league caliber hitter. And then there’s this guy.
Yup, they could call up Eduardo Scissorhands and give him the part-time job. I don’t even want to think about that.
And then, since Cashman is on a roll with his trades for aging superstars, maybe he’ll pull off a stealth move for this nearly retired future HOF-er.
Yes, I know Chipper is going out in a blaze of glory with the Braves. Any other ideas? The player has to be over 35, be a star past his prime, be referred to by his first name (like Madonna or Cher), and generate lots of media attention to deflect from the misery of losing A-Rod in a season of losing Mo, Pettitte, Joba, Gardner, Pineda, and probably others I can’t remember because I’m in shock.
And I’m pissed off. Everybody says Felix didn’t hit three of our guys on purpose and it’s part of the game. After all, CC broke Carlos Pena’s wrist/hand a few years ago. It happens and nobody’s to blame. But still. I now officially don’t like Felix Hernandez.