Monday, March 7, 2016
Posted by el duque at 6:45 AM
1. Downton Abbey ended. (Spoiler alert: Maggie Smith snapped, killed entire Crawley family in sado-masochistic bloodbath, then moved to London to live in van and not get nominated for Oscar.)
2. Nancy Reagan died. (World still awaiting remembrance from Mr. T.)
3. Marco Rubio won Puerto Rico. (Wait: Isn't there an actress named Margot Robbie? What is it with these actress names: Eva Longoria... Evan Longoria? Can't these women name themselves, without having to steal from great men?)
4. Masahiro Tanaka pitched two innings: two hits and a walk. (First time back since surgery, now entering year three, and we still don't know what we've got.)
5. Brett Gardner's bone bruise - sustained last October on Wild Card - continued to rest. (Day 157 of the healing process.)
6. Chad Green, one of the two guys we got in the deal for Justin Wilson, gave up five (5) earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. (Oh, well...)
7. Jorge Mateo got another hit... (and STOLE A BASE.)
8. Austin Romine went 2-2 with three RBIs. (Doesn't everyone want him to get a shot at NYC this spring?)
9. Donald Trump said something outrageous - who cares what it was - and cable TV covered it, breathlessly.
10. Rob Refsnyder had a great game... (playing third base.)
I would like to discuss No. 10.
Refsnyder played 3B, made two outstanding defensive plays, went 1-1 and STOLE TWO BASES, raising his SB number to THREE on the spring. And, of course, it doesn't matter.
The more he does in March, the more disillusioned he will be in April, when the Yankees send him to Scranton, preferring to keep some journeyman infielder they will pluck from the scrap heap. We've seen this movie, over and over. Come April one, when they put him on the train to Scranton, they will assure Refsnyder that he's in the mix, but when he starts slowly in the Electric City, he will fade into the Poconos skyline.
Here's the reality: Barring an injury - or a flair-up of Chase Headley's yips - the Yankees are set contractually for the entire season at both 2B and 3B. Thus, they will play the old "Needs To Be Playing Every Day" card, and send Refsnyder back for his third year at Triple A. Three years in Scranton.
Nobody should play three years at Scranton.
He's still only 24. He seems like 29.
Two for two and two stolen bases... on the day Nancy Reagan died. Will it matter? Does anything matter in this meaningless universe?