OK, I'm MAD...And This NY Times Article Is Dated Tomorrow! What Is His Problem?
First of all, this piece caught my eye just because it's dated for tomorrow. And then I read. And read. And finished reading! My forehead felt hot, my pulse, normally 60-beats per minute (thanks to the treadmill) increased, and my "what the hell" radar was pinging. Pinging LOUDLY! Read a little. I will link the entire misguided article, so all you have to do is click on the title of this post, but...but.....is this sour grapes? OR IS THIS SOMEONE WHO IS SIMPLY CLUELESS. I VOTE FOR THE LATTER. Let me know, my readers....and I will be back with a comment after this. Remember, this is from Sunday's NY Times.........and we thought Murry ChASS was bad......
By DAN ROSENHECK
Published: March 18, 2007
"The 86-year Curse of the Bambino ended when the Boston Red Sox won the 2004 World Series. But as long as the American League’s best right-handed hitter plays left field in Fenway Park, the team’s fans will continue to moan about Manny being Manny.
Manny Ramírez is, of course, the Red Sox’ most accomplished slugger and their biggest headache, equally known for his prodigious production at the plate and his misadventures in the field and on the basepaths. When Fenway denizens dismiss a muffed fly ball or a botched rundown as Manny being Manny, they mean that they have learned to tolerate his foibles in return for his offensive production. But just how much do Ramírez’s weaknesses subtract from his one outstanding strength? His bat may be worth his $20 million salary, but is the whole package?
All of today’s systems agree that Ramírez is the worst defensive left fielder in baseball, and by a comfortable margin.
“Manny is at the far end of the as-bad-as-you-can-get-in-the-field spectrum,” said Mitchel Lichtman, who designed one highly regarded P.B.P. defensive statistic called ultimate zone rating, and who consulted for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2004 to 2006. (Peter here...you idiot, watch him play, everyday!)
So how can Boston minimize the damage from Ramírez’s fielding? One approach would be to assemble a ground-ball pitching staff, which would result in fewer balls being hit to him. But Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett surrender lots of fly balls. (Me again. And they're better than any starters you have, jerk with a computer.)
The other solution would be to move Ramírez to designated hitter. That would require switching the incumbent D.H., David Ortiz, to first base. Ortiz is even less mobile than Ramírez, and given his corpulence, the demands of playing the field may substantially increase his risk of injury. It would also entail moving the current first baseman, Kevin Youkilis, to left field (which he might not play any better than Ramírez) or to third base (which would then require Boston to trade its current third baseman, Mike Lowell, for a left fielder). (Peter here..and again, you are an idiot. Youk was so uncomfortable playing left field last year...it just proves how clueless you really are. Why do they pay you?)
Moreover, as Ramírez ages, his fielding is likely to get worse. Even if Boston’s fans are willing to live with another year of Manny being Manny, the team’s fly-ball pitchers may be forced to revolt." (Peter here...when pigs fly).
Peter here. MY turn! Finally!!!! Wow, I hope you all are reading along with me, and do not forget to comment and then read the entire article by title clicking. Ok, the author has a serious bone to pick with someone, so I volunteered......Manny's defensive skills are suited to Fenway Park's left field...perfectly. His offensive numbers will never change, and we who WATCH HIM (I guess you're not included in that group, Dan, for if you were, you wouldn't have written such idiocy) know that. Hey dumbo, look at his assist numbers, not his reputation. It's writing like this that gives a bad name for those silly and foolish enough to pen a sports article without the correct preparation and knowlege. I'm finished, but I could go on. But Mr. Rosenheck, enjoy this season. Yes, 2007, when our Manny will lead the charge that will leave the Yankees grounded deep into the soles of our cleats. Where dirt like you belongs! And yes, we'd love to hear from you again...especially if your lack of baseball sense is so comical. You're fired!
OK, deep breath. Phew. I'd love to hear your comments after reading his entire piece. Try not to laugh!!!! And I still do not believe it.....his words, his baseball knowlege, his...his....well, please comment for me. And thanks on this suddenly brightening Saturday noontime.