Monday, December 8, 2014
Posted by el duque at 7:14 AM
The headzup from Headley claims that our hero "loved-loved-loved" his two months in NYC - (Hey, with all those $10 Rolexes sold on the streets, who wouldn't!) - and wants to return to the Disney World-worthy replica of the House that Ruth Built. Whenever a player says such a thing, I can't help but think: "Mr. Steinbrenner, it's Scott Brosius on line one." The guy is standing on the midway, like a dwarf outside a freak show, trying to bark up the price. Frankly, I think that's Headley's plan. And unless he comes down to the Yankees' offer - rather than talking them up to his - I say, fukkim.
Yes, it was nice last August to have an actual 3B at 3B. But Headley is on the decline - if not the free fall - of an astonishingly undistinguished and forgettable MLB career. He was once an all-star. Whoop-dee-doo. If he's trying to shake out a few extra dimes in his last meaningful contract, fine. Good luck on that. But next summer, if necessary, I would rather watch Martin Prado at third while the rookie Rob Refsnyder fails at 2B, because at least Ref's resulting .225 average won't be a fait accompli.
But wait... Another thought just got me a-thinkin':
What if it's true?
What if Chase Headley REALLY DOES want to be a Yankee?
Wow. Sensory overload. What if there is a Santa, Bill Cosby is innocent, and Henry Kissinger is not an alien lizard-person overlord? Maybe there are still players who grew up wanting to play for the Yankees. Andrew Miller took less money to be a Yankee rather than an Astro - which, of course, is like choosing the Beatles over the Monkees... but money is money. And if Headley would take less - that is, to prove he wants to be in NY - well, maybe we'd have an actual Yankee, as well as an actual 3B.
My guess is that by Wednesday, Headley will be a happy Giant, sleeping well knowing he squeezed every last cent out of next season's .225 average. If so, good luck, San Francisco. I won't be weeping. He's not a replacement for the Panda. He's only a replacement for Yangervis Solarte.