Sunday, February 27, 2011

Baseball Players Root For/Against





Exlcuding the Yanks (and Twins) , I wil be Rooting for this year:

5. Jason Werth - So what , he took the $$ and run. It's easy to say that you wouldn't do such - but he has just achieved generation - changing wealth for his family. Is signing with the Nats really that much worse that signing with the A's, Orioles, or Blue Jays? He went with a big market (albeit not baseball frenzied) with young talent.

4. Michael Young - he went from 2b to SS to 3b and played magnificently. Enough said.

3. Jason Bay - I hate the Mets. Maybe if the team understood that Bay was not the reason the team sucks (see management, coaching, and minor league philosophies) they could understand that Bay is a big time talent. I would welcome him on either of my teams....

2. Buster Posey - the right way to play baseball. What a gem. Anything less than multiple All-Star games will be a disappointment.

1. AJ Burnett - ok i lied, i REALLY want this guy to suceed. Loved his attitude he brought to the Yanks and his overall relatonship with the players. Last year started well but REALLY fell apart. I feel like when he fails, I fail. Maybe he is just not what I hoped to him to be - but is a 15-10 season really out of the question. Can't he be the #3 starter we need?

1a. Ok - if you discount AJ, the #1 guy I will be rooting for is Jason Heyward. Forget the talent, forget the promise - met the guy at spring training and was a very well spoken, respectful, and very appreciative player of the game. Only athlete I ever met that was a more down to earth and "cool" guy was Charles Woodson.

Now the fun stuff, 5 guys I will root against:

5. Cliff Lee - nothing personal, not coming to the Yanks hurt, and beating us hurt more - but ENOUGH of the Bob Gibson comparisons...really?

4. Miguel Cabrera - he has a worse body that me, has always been a prima donna, doesn't respect the game, and I just cannot stand him.

3. Jose Reyes - what a waste. Run out a ground ball, hustle out of the box on a double (for a triple) and hopefully get traded out of NY. Something is up with his legs, bad training, bad rehab, bad something.....

2. Hanley Ramirez - all the talent - but none of the heart. Got his coach (who was GREAT) fired because he thinks he runs the team. This is the MLB, not the NBA - and the owner of the Fish should have understood that. The star leads by example, instead HanRam did his best Lastings Milledge impersonation (a AA guy that doesn't run out a ball in his first 5 games and doesn't get sent down? Wow - that is on the mets - what message did they send?? If Lastings was even remotely a "player" he would be my #1root against guy UNTIL HE IS OUT OF MLB). If my leader and star player did that - I would fire the coach if he did NOT sit the player out and get on him....

1. Dustin Pedroia - Met him in Boston 2 years ago when they clincehd against the twins- a douche that introduced himself to girls as "you know who I am right? (Ellsbury, Buchholz, Varitek, and Papelbon were awesome guys). Then ad the stories about the "laser show" and crap, sounds like a guy I used to play ball with and is one of my best friends - i gues you love him if he is yours and hates him if he is not (like Rex Ryan). Well, he is not one of mine....I never wish for injuries, I just hope he hits .220 and goes on a kingman-esque binge of k's.

4 comments:

  1. When making lists like this, how many people would be more influenced by their Fantasy Leagues than just rooting for baseball players and MLB in general?

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  2. and obviously, I'm with you on AJ. If there was a Yank I was rooting for more, it's Montero.

    To me he symbolizes the next wave. I want him on this roster and producing and the full time catcher by 2012.

    I'll think about league wide and give you some thoughts later.

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  3. i try to do my best to separate fantasy and mlb in general, but if it came down to fantasy - my #1 guy is Matt Wieters (to root for), McCutchen (root for), Stratsburg (against), Howards (against)...

    Montero - the wave is getting younger. Guy 35+ should play like 35+ and will do so with vitamin "S". My fantasy team would be all guys from 23-31

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  4. Absolutely, and that's exactly why the Yankees HAVE to hold onto Montero.

    ARod is what now? 35? With a hip that's going to get worse by the season. The Yankees need to develop some young pop.

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