As Primer fave Malkmus once said…“I like that Get Hustle. They’re cool live. I haven’t heard their records, though.”
If those writing and/or posting to my e-mail and Twitter accounts are an accurate barometer – and from the insane nature of many of them, please, please let that not be true – then the leading reason why the Yankees have not run away with the AL East is because Robinson Cano will not run quickly to first base.
If only Cano were like, say, I don’t know, Paul O’Neill because, wait, come to think of it Paul O’Neill tended to trot to first when he hit a routine grounder or pop. But he showed his emotions outwardly, punched a water cooler, slammed a bat and so he was The Warrior.
...He is the key guy. Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki are table-setters. Teixeira is out injured. Alex Rodriguez is operating on muscle memory. Curtis Granderson is too hit-and-miss, Nick Swisher too emotionally fragile. Cano is in his prime with an impeccable swing and track record. That has made a contract of $150 million, maybe even $200 million, possible. But he is going to hurt his case with the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately Yankees if he cannot carry them now in this time of need.
“We have 10 games left, which is about 50 at-bats,” Cano said. “You don’t know what can happen in those 50 at-bats. Just look what Ichiro did with his last 50 at-bats.”
Ten games. Fifty at-bats. Sure it would be more aesthetically pleasing to see Cano bust it to first base. But the Yankees need him to drive in runs way more than they need him to run fast.
Posted: September 25, 2012 at 06:07 AM | 61 comment(s)
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