Monday, September 15, 2014
Come on, Hal, give us something more than a Jeter tribute band: Free Pat Venditte from the Yankee death pit
Posted by el duque at 8:02 AM
Who thought the 2014 Yankees could be more embarrassing than last year's fetid, shambling monstrosity?
The genius of the Incompetent Empire lies in the way it kills hope for next year. Here we are - late September, when most also-ran teams showcase their top prospects. The Yankees are trotting out Zelous Wheeler and Antoan Richardson, each closer to 30 than 20. Their top "prospects" from last winter - Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams, J.R. Murphy and Gary Sanchez - did practically nothing all season. In 2015, the Redsocks will unveil three potential impact rookies. We can look forward to bringing back Carlos Beltran.
And Brian Cashman. The Steinbrenners - braced by Randy Levine - are expected to re-sign The Architect.
So... who do we do? Obviously, the NY Football Giants can provide no escape. We can chant Jeter's name harder than ever, but we can't get him a base hit. You sense he cannot wait for this stinker of a season to end, to escape the relentless media scrum, and to never again have to walk back to the dugout holding his helmet, with his scoreboard average falling below .250. Will Joe let him slide to .239? With the commemorative bases up for sale, does Joe even have a choice?
Dear God, we need a diversion. Here's a vote for bringing up Pat Venditte, the switch pitcher, the only ambidextrous thrower in our history. He's 29. He's spent his career in the Yankee system. This year, at Trenton and Scranton, he compiled a 2.64 ERA. Seriously, folks, do you want to see another Adam Warren outing? Do you want Masahiro Tanaka to tear the rest of the elbow and miss all of 2015? Is Jesse Outman worth our attention?
Hal, take off the kinky boots of yours and give us something else to remember. Free Pat Venditte from the Yankee death grip. Bring up the switcher-pitcher.