Saturday, May 19, 2012
Whither Adam Lind?
(If the post title sounds familiar, it probably should.)
See, I hate this side of the game.
I'm as guilty as the next guy about pining for a better option at first base than the struggling incumbent, but when you're pining for that more productive bat, you're not really thinking in the context of a lifelong Blue Jay losing his place on the team. Are you? I know I'm not.
Who hopes for that? "Hey! I hope that human piece of baseball garbage Adam Lind is optioned to AAA and outrighted right off the damn 40-man roster!" C'mon.
Maybe it's just me... it's very likely to be just me, even... but I can't always separate the human side of the game. Yeah yeah yeah... here comes the Ack, bringing his maudlin shit to the internet again, crying crocodile tears for a millionaire athlete who's time in the Toronto sun just might be over. Boo hoo, wipe your tears with the millions still owed Lind, right?
Well, forget about the money for a moment.
Adam Lind was a guy we watched grow up in the organization, from highly touted hitting prospect, to the major league boy wonder, to the Silver Slugging first baseman who'd man the position for years to come. No worries! Or so we thought. Think of it in terms of today... imagine if Travis Snider is recalled and finally lives up to the hype. Dominates for a few seasons. Then falls right the fuck off the map to the point where he's designated.
You wouldn't feel a little sentimental about that? Who isn't pulling for Snider?
Before you answer that, remember there was a time when we all pulled for Adam Lind, too, and he made it.
So you'll forgive me if I'm having a little bit of a hard time just walking away from that.