FIFTY THOUSAND MOONS
Friday, April 5, 2013
Posted by el duque at 3:56 PM
"A NUKE... FROM YOUK."
Bringing us up to date on John's calls for new Yankees:
Vernon Wells: "The Bronx is Vernon."
Travis Hafner: "A Pronk's Bomber"
Kevin Youkilis: "A nuke from Youk."
OK, I know what you're thinking: "John is sounding a little... violent, wouldn't you say?"
Clearly, John is moving from happy show tunes and extended first-person references, such as "You're on the mark, Teixeira," and "Curtis, you're something sort of grandish."
He's returning to short snippets, his roots. Each new call is less than four words. Also, none has yet evolved a secondary cry, such as: "An A-bomb from A-Rod, Alexander the Great conquers again." Those would likely come later. John doesn't hand out secondary taglines like candy. A hitter has to earn one.
Still, there is no doubt that John is invoking violent metaphors. "A nuke from Youk" needs no explanation. "Pronk's bomber" is another weapon of mass destruction. "The Bronx is Vernon" is a play on the phrase "The Bronx is burning," yet another apocalyptic vision of hell.
Should we worry about John? Good question. The simple answer is, yes, we should always worry about John. But the real concern is this Yankees team. If it falls out of contention by, say, August 20, will we be hearing regular descriptions of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Maybe.
Let's just remember: We voted in favor of "A nuke from Youk." Who knows? Maybe the Master isn't just talking. Maybe he is listening.