Sunday, December 7, 2014
Posted by Alphonso at 11:32 AM
Most of you will find this shocking, as I did.
Last night, I was getting royally hammered at the Harvard Club bar in NYC with a lifelong friend, and Yankee fan. I am not the Harvard grad.
As you may suspect, he is a bit higher educated, and far brighter, than I. Beyond his Harvard creds, he is an adjunct professor in Graduate Studies at Oxford University, with a specialization in something called," Socratic Reasoning, Rationality and Probability Theory."
Filtering through all the blather, he finally posed this targeted question concerning the Yankees and their earless ( I meant to type fearless, but I like the imagery ), General Manager, Brian Cashman.
The question posed went like this:
" Shane Greene is a rare, homegrown, starter who showed he could pitch under pressure in New York. Why then, and under what guise of thinking, do you trade a young, quality starting pitcher ( Shane ) - when you already don't have any depth in your rotation, for a shortstop ( Didi Gregorious ) who couldn't even hold the regular job for a last-place team?"
We are both still looking for the logic, the rationality and a defense of this Yankee deal. The probability of success favoring the Yankees, over the long term, on this trade was estimated at about 5%.
I just sat there with my mouth opening, nodding fiercely, and swallowing heavily
He nailed it.
Mr. Cashman; "Care to respond?"