Friday, March 28, 2014
Posted by Alphonso at 12:42 PM
Joe: "Mr. Almonte….thanks for stopping by.
"I know you had a great spring, both on offense and defense. I know you proved yourself with a successful call-up last year. And that season in the winter league was sensational.
"You are a player we have our eyes on.
"However ( and predictably to all Yankee fans), we have concluded that it will be better for your development to play every day in Scranton, rather than to play, situationally, up with the big club."
Mr. Almonte: "Thanks, Joe. I know this was difficult for you.
"But I hate Scranton. It is the pits. Everyone there over the age of 22, knows they have no shot with the Yankees. Ewe all know that you are just passing out, empty, meaningless rhetoric. If Mickey Mantle showed up, you guys would stash him in the minors while you paid Bobby Abreu to play.
"The fact is I would learn more, and gain more confidence in one week with the Yankees, than in passing another dreary season with the mud-hens, or whatever the frig they are called. I have done everything I can, starred at every level, passed every test, and yet you still go with the monied, old guys. That is so New York Yankee. You never want youth , energy or excitement."
Joe: "Er, you needn't feel that way, Mr. Almonte, you will be at the top of our list when we need an outfielder, due to illness or injury. I mean, look at Jacoby; he is still gimping around and hit practically nothing when he did play."
Mr. Almonte: " That's what I mean. He is paid millions, so he'll be on the roster even if he can't play. A fine strategy for finishing out of the playoffs, again. But I'll do what I must, until your rights to me end.
"If anyone is looking to trade for a fleet, young, good-hitting outfielder ( switch hitter ), give them my card.
"There is no opportunity for a young Yankee prospect except to grow older."