Addition by Subtraction

I am guessing there are a number of Yankees fans who wished Mondesi had such acute self-awareness a couple of years ago…

Raul Mondesi will sit out rest of season

May 10, 2004
By ENRIQUE ROJAS / Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Raul Mondesi, his pay withheld for most of the season because of a civil suit, will sit out the rest of the year, he said Monday.

“I won’t play another game this season,” Mondesi told The Associated Press. “I can’t concentrate well enough to play baseball. I don’t want to become a distraction for the team. This is the best for the Pirates, for myself and my family.”

3 comments… add one
  • He should call Manny–I’m sure he’d cover it.

    YF May 11, 2004, 2:13 pm
  • It has always been JCL’s prediction that the Sox swoon would begin with Nomar’s return or Damon’s shave. It is worth noting that during the Sox game last night the broadcasters would not shut up about Nomar coming back and Damon’s charitable lathering up. Of course, the Sox lost.

    JCL (YF) May 11, 2004, 2:59 pm
  • Ha. I don’t know if even Manny would pick up Raul’s salary. As for JCL’s post, I don’t understand it at all. What swoon? The Sox have been carried this year by pitching. Their current stutters are directly attributable to an overreliance on those starters, and failures by them (Kim twice, Lowe twice, Curt once). They will continue to live and die by their starters and bullpen until Nomar and Nixon return. It’s impossible to predict whether their return will induce overconfidence in the Sox’ offense and therefore a bit of a concentration lapse on the part of the starting pitching and/or bullpen. Until then, they will hang on their pitching, not their offense. As for those announcers gushing about Nomar, well, who wouldn’t be excited by the prospect of a great player returning to the lineup to replace Mark Bellhorn? Will the Yankees be excited if they trade for Vidro and no longer have to send Wilson out every day or should they assume that trade is a death knell? I fail to see why Boston fans shouldn’t have an immense sense of confidence in the future of the season, assuming these two players come back healthy. I will go into this more in a separate post, coming later.
    As for Damon shaving for charity, what’s not to like? It’s too bad the Yankees sent Contreras down, otherwise they’d have their own charitable giver on the roster – Jose had been giving away runs by the bundle.

    SF May 11, 2004, 5:07 pm

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