Monday, March 20, 2017

Ask Doctor Alphonso

The Ju-Ju Gods, which I recently learned, began in Africa, have spoken.

Didi Gregorious, who was having his best spring ever, now limps home to NYC Hospitals for further testing on, " a barking right shoulder."

I have not seen any tape of how the injury occurred, so my diagnosis is limited.

I can tell you, however, that a shoulder injury is insidious.  There is no such thing as a " tweak" in the shoulder. A "tweak," by the way, is a meaningless, generic term for something not considered serious and which, with rest, will cure itself 100% in a relatively short time.  With shoulders, there are tears, dislocations, breaks, strains and hematomas.

All bode badly for Didi.

My guess;  the Yankees will never tell us the truth.  That is point one.

The geniuses running this franchise have already penciled in two guys who are, basically, career minor leaguers with no upside.  Torreyes, who has a decent glove and hits the occasional single. Or Rueben Tejada, a cast-off who underperformed for the Mets, I think.  This reflects the typically optimistic, and disingenuous, Yankee storyline that Didi is not seriously hurt, and all the Yankees need do is, " hold the fort," for a bit.  They think that lying to their fans and to the league will help the team win.

As fans, we want to see an exciting rookie.  We want a reason to watch the team.  Inserting Torreyes or Tejada for Didi does not cut it.  The team has been downgraded, by the loss of DIDI.  And using a couple of career nobodies is a blessing for Boston.  We gain nothing.

Now to the question everyone has been asking me:

Dr. Alphonso;  how long will Didi be out?  How seriously is he hurt?  What will his recovery time period be?

Answer:  Didi will be out a long time and his season, this season, is essentially ruined for him.

That idiotic marketing extravaganza, that world baseball thing, hurts major league teams like the Yankees big time.  Who gives a rats ass if kids in Denmark start lobbying for little league teams, instead of soccer pitches?  Building baseball love in the Yemen should be someone else's job, not the real teams of the world.

The Yankees took a bullet with Tex and they are taking a bullet now, with Didi.

Mark my words.

11 comments:

Local Bargain Jerk said...


Crap.

Anonymous said...

LAST YEAR, MY 50 YEARS OF YANKEE FORESIGHT SCREAMED TO ME, AND I PREDICTED MID WAY THROUGH SPRING THAT THE FORGOTTEN AUSTIN ROMINE WAS GOING TO MAKE THE TEAM INSTEAD OF GARY SANCHEZ AS THE #2 CATCHER..... I WAS RIGHT, BUT HAPPILY, IT ALL TURNED OUT ALRIGHT FOR US...... NOW WE HAVE A PROBLEM THIS SPRING....... IT COULD BE A BIG PROBLEM, OR IT COULD TURN OUT TO NOT BE A PROBLEM AT ALL...... FOR IT NOT TO BE A PROBLEM, IT WOULD SIMPLY REQUIRE US TO GO WITH GLEYBER TORRES AT SS ON DAY 1 THIS SEASON...... I KNOW, HE IS 19, BUT WHERE IS THE HARM?..... IF HE CAN'T CUT IT AFTER 2 OR 3 WEEKS, WE SEND HIM BACK DOWN!..... HE WILL BE BACK UP AGAIN SOMEDAY!..... I ACTUALLY FEEL LIKE CASHMAN AND GIRARDI ARE AFRAID HE MAY BE TOO GOOD TOO FAST!..."THEN WHAT DO WE DO?!" ....... ITS NUTS....IT'S CRAZY...... BUT WHAT IS MY YANKEE FORESIGHT SAYING NOW?.............. HELLOOOOOOO RUBEN TEJADA!!!

el duque said...

Terrible news. This was going to be his year.

I was seriously believing that 25 HRs and .290 - numbers for an elite SS - were well within his sights. Now... ?

Leinstery said...

WHY?! Why couldn't it have been Headley?!

Anonymous said...

I AGREE EL DUQUE..... DIDI WAS HEADED FOR AN ALL STAR SEASON..... HE HAD A REAL GOOD SEASON LAST YEAR, AND WAS STILL BUILDING MORE CONFIDENCE STARRING IN THIS DAMN WBC....NOW WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN....... LEINSTERY IS SO RIGHT.....WHY COULDN'T IT BE HEADLEY??

Joe Formerlyof Brooklyn said...

I wouldn't find this so discouraging if they'd drop Gleyber into the pool and let him sink or swim. He might actually thrive!

But......they ain't gonna do that, are they?

DutchFan said...

I feel so embarrassed. To my defense: Didi was not overrun by a giant Gouda cheese, nor was he hit by a windmill or buried under crates of tulips.
Neither was he subjected to a chopsticks attack in Japan or forced to participate in gangnam style sort of movements in Korea.

I except blame and realise that being Dutch is a hazard - even though we are #6 happiest people around. Worldwide.

So, again, only trying to shed responsibility, it must be something that would have happened anyway regardless if he were playing spring training games instead of WBC.

I am so sorry.

el duque said...

DutchFan,

You had one job...

DutchFan said...

@el duque: I know, I know........
@Leinstery: Contrary to public belief, we do not hand passports out to just everybody. I mean, we do a lousy job at keeping ours out of harms way, but it does speak for our character that this unsafety-net is set-up for the very best only.

John M said...

Cut the Dutch some slack. At least they didn't elect their crazy authoritarian weird-haired guy.

joe de pastry said...

If he wasn't in the WBC he wouldn't have been playing second base like he was when he got hurt.
But don't get mad at the Dutch.
They have the prettiest women in the world.