The sky is falling!!!
Yet another baseball journalist
jumps on the "Yankees have weaknesses" bandwagon (this time it's Buster Olney at espn.com). Haven't we gotten past this yet?
Buster, why do you have to go and include the following bullcrap in your article? You bitch at the players for letting balls drop, then come back and give us the REASON why the balls dropped. THEN you say it's going to be a recurring problem WITHOUT GIVING ANY PROOF!!! Here is the quote:
But there are cracks in this $182.3 million dreadnought. Giambi will be expected to play many games at first base, where he is a liability. Fly balls once caught by Bernie Williams and O'Neill have parachuted in front of Sheffield and Lofton in the Tokyo Dome. (In fairness to Sheffield and Lofton, the hits that fell in were during exhibition games, for which Yankees manager Joe Torre encourages his players to not take physical risks, but this is likely to be a recurring problem.)
Anyone who has even an ounce of perception knows that Lofton, while not the best centerfielder in the world, is better than Bernie at this point in his career. And on top of that, Sheffield has had a Rate2 of 105 and 102 in 2002 and 2003 (respectively) in rightfield (only a little below O'Neill's Rate2 from 1996-2000 in which he averaged about about 106). So he's actually a pretty decent fielder out there. And that's to go with 7 assists in each of the two past years - not great, but not horrible, either.
So, Buster, why don't you find something new to write about that hasn't been written 100 times in the past month, and while you're at it, try and get your facts straight.
posted by shawn
: 3/31/2004 02:36:00 PM -