Creeping Inexorably Toward A Worthwhile Sub-Heading.
Saturday, November 15, 2003
"Cubs GM Jim Hendry is looking for a first baseman (preferably left-handed, maybe J.T. Snow)" - Peter Gammons, Nov. 15, ESPN.com
You know, just kill me. Really. I don’t know how much more of this I can take. It’s one thing to be talking about trading for a veteran, yet relatively young first baseman with good power and plate discipline who could contribute positive numbers for several years to come (Derrick Lee, Richie Sexson), but signing J.T. Snow?!? Look, I know he’s left handed, but he’s J.T. FREAKIN’ SNOW!!!!!
Alright, I understand, the insertion of Snow’s name in that parenthetical is likely Gammons’ doing, since there really isn’t anything else available worth getting in a port-sided first baseman. But seeing as there is such a dearth of worthwhile lefties to man the cooler corner, and Snow’s a FOD (Friend Of Dusty), it could happen, and that would be a crying shame. There’s already a very good young first sacker who is a part of the Cubs organization, hits left-handed, and is currently smoking the ball in Venezuela (.320/.417/.620 in 14 games). Maybe I have a slavish devotion to Hee Seop Choi, but I can’t help but feel a little sick whenever I see the organization sending signals that it doesn’t understand this kid’s potential. I thought they got it. Now I think I was wrong.