YF’s previous post covers this already but I needed to share my thoughts on the Sidney Ponson signing. This is a moment in Yankees history that is so absurd and, perhaps, epoch making that it deserves two posts.
Brian Cashman lost a bet to Theo Epstein about which team would be in first at the All-Star break. The loser had to do something to publicly embarrass himself and the franchise he runs. Thus spake Young Cashman to curious reporters: "He’s still got a great arm." And so the era of The Aruban Hideki Irabu begins in the Bronx. What to expect?
- Sweating on the mound
- That Joe Torre "This is god damned ridiculous" look from the dugout. A lot.
- A dramatic fist fight between Jorge and Sidney during a 45-pitch 3rd inning.
- A mean-spirited, albeit accurately descriptive nickname handed down by The Boss in about a week
- More hilarity
Call me a masochist, but I like the move. Ladies and gentlemen, Sidney Ponson is a Yankee! This will probably last about two weeks, but those 14 days are going to be so fun. It’s moments like this that make me happy that my favorite team isn’t run by humorless sabermetric types (As Petey would call them: Computer Geeks). Theo and company, so concerned about their reputations as baseball’s premiere cutting edge management team, would never dare make this bold move. But Cashman, Stick, Georgie and his Tampa cronies all know that baseball’s more than winning. It’s entertainment, specifically entertainment in the form of Farnsworthian meltdowns on the mound, merciless tabloid headlines and off-the-field shenanigans. And remember, fellow Yanks fans, this guy still has a great arm! To paraphrase "Mad Dog" Christopher Russo, you gotta love this move, Mikey, you gotta love it!