Friday, January 21, 2011

Keeping Up With The Joneses

The New York Yankees added an outfielder to their team yesterday. His name is a familiar one. Andruw Jones, who blossomed and became a star years ago while playing with the "always in the playoffs" Atlanta Braves. Here is a blurb announcing the acquisition from Sports Illustrated dot com...

"The Yankees have reached an agreement with veteran outfielder Andruw Jones on a one-year deal worth $2 million plus $1.2 million in performance bonuses. The deal is pending a physical.
Jones, 33, is a veteran of 15 seasons in which he has made five All-Star teams and won 10 Gold Glove awards. Jones spent the first 12 years of his career with the Braves and has since spent one year each with the Dodgers, Rangers and White Sox. He batted .230 with 19 home runs and 48 RBIs for Chicago in 2010."

In the four years before that starting with 2009 and ending with 2006, he batted .214, .158, .214 and .262. Clearly his glory days are behind him. To tell you the truth, if I were the Yankees I would have chosen Johnny Damon. A lefty at the Stadium? Bingo. But the pin-stripers are not at a loss for power at the plate, with or without Jones. They needed a dependable outfield glove. Looks like they got it, too.

Guess what? It's snowing again here in southern New England and this storm, due to wrap up in about four to five hours (it's 5:10am est now) will add six more inches of the white stuff. As the low pressure system passes us to the east over Cape Cod, the coldest air in the last ten or fifteen years will settle in place. I can see my natural gas heating bill already! OY. Winter is getting old really quickly for this aging nice guy who still looks great. Thanks for stopping in, take care of yourselves and BE WELL. Have a great weekend.

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