Thursday, March 31, 2016
Posted by Alphonso at 11:07 AM
Good morning, ya'll.
I have been sucking on lemons a lot lately. I find fresh lemons, particularly if you purloin one off a lush tree in LA, to be better with tequila shots than limes. I may be starting a new "foodie" trend.
And tequila shots are great, because you can have one about every three hours all day long and feel on top of the world, all the time.
So Mustang is bored? That is the reason for his pre-season attack on my insights, predictions and accuracy? He had to search the archives to offer up a crumb of one possible mis-calling?
I appreciate the work he does in keeping history straight, but why is there so little narrative from him on the near perfection, over the decades, of my insights and predictions? Is he now part of, "big media," where only criticism....exceptionalism.... sells? If he is off the booze, then I understand his pique. But I hope this attack is just boredom, not sobriety ( Drinking with Mustang is one of life's pleasures).
Is he attacking excellence because it is too good, too predictable? Bad for the game? He needs to sell what? Visits to IIH?
Let's turn to the facts:
( And this is going to terrify Mustang, because fantasy is his game. Ask him, for example, to show you what Jesus looks like in bizarro world, and you get nothing back.)
Fact 1: Pineda still sucks. If you break down his contributions per dollar, and per pound of flesh (factoring in the others we gave up, and the total detritus that the Yankees babysat until it was time to throw them out ) per inning played, there is no winning edge yet. I did the math: Pineda and Jesus, per inning, have both been worth about .$67. This does include minor league play ( discounted cash flow ) and time on the DL ( which has a negative value, like negative interest rates, )
Fact 2. Pineda will not be successful this season with the Yankees. When it really matters, he will pee the bed. Just wait. Results are not measured in win-loss records. They are valued in " crunch time success." Remember this.
Fact 3. Jesus may yet rise again. In our division. The true test will be Jesus vs. Pineda, mano a mano, in a key moment of a crucial game with Toronto.
Fact 4. I do admit that Jesus turned out to be a mirage of a talent. At the time of the deal, we all thought he could hit. I never thought he could catch and, if Mustang had any cojones, he would go back and look up my mockery of his catching ability....and the need for a specially forged catcher's mask due to his oversized head, etc.
Let's just see if Mustang, so challenged, will look up the entire history of my views on the subject, rather than limit himself to a minimally important, surface issue, that draws well with readership. This is a republican campaign strategy. Not baseball.
Fact 5. How can, " anonymous," support me and hate me in the same breathe?
Sounds like most of my dates.