Clearance Sale! Everything Must Go!
With only two weeks until spring training, I took myself out for a little retail therapy. No, not for shoes and handbags. Please. I’m talking about free agents. They’re on sale! They’ve been marked down! They’re at low, low prices and they come with home delivery at no extra charge!
Not one to pass up a bargain, I marched over to the Free Agent Store and spent a few hours browsing the racks. Would I find anyone for the Yankees in my capacity as their personal shopper? Anyone who might look good in pinstripes?
I breezed past the Pitchers Department, since the Yanks are well stocked with arms for the season, and zeroed in on the Position Players.
Did I have any interest in buying Adam Dunn?
No, not really. Lots to like, but I already have enough sluggers who can’t field. Besides, I’m not sure I could embrace a player whose nickname is “Big Donkey.”
Again, I already have a second baseman so what would be the point? It would be like buying two shower curtains even though I only have one shower.
Talk about a surplus. The Yankees have two Gold Glove shortstops, even though one of them plays third base. No sense splurging on another one.
Ken Griffey Jr?
I overheard the saleslady say he’s being shipped to the Seattle store.
Not a chance. The Big Hurt nearly ran me over with his Bentley when I was in Toronto for the book. All I wanted was five minutes. Sheesh.
Damaged goods. I’m still having flashbacks of his pink eye during the ’07 ALDS. For all I know, he could bring that conjunctivitis to the Bronx with him.
I didn’t even bother looking at Manny (too expensive and hard to maintain) and I-Rod (been there, done that). I did experience a pang of regret as I lingered over Abreu. How could the Yankees not want to bring back El Comeduce, which is Spanish for “the candy eater?” I was tempted to buy him anyway and let the Yankees return him, but the Free Agent Store had a no-returns policy.
I was feeling a little down as I strolled through the aisles, wondering if there were any bargains worth getting excited about, when I came upon Ty Wigginton.
“Wiggy.” Hmm. The Yankees already have a third baseman, obviously, but what about a utility man? Would Cody Ransom be filling that need? Or was there an opening for someone else?
I leaned closer to examine the merchandise. According to Ty’s tags, he actually delivered his own baby when his wife went into labor unexpectedly. They were at home and he called 911 and the dispatcher talked him through the procedure, which he pulled off in a bedroom closet! He even tied the baby’s umbilical cord with his shoelaces! Now if that isn’t resourceful, I don’t know what is. Imagine what he could do for the Yanks in a pinch.
“I’ll take him,” I told the saleslady. “Wrap him up and deliver him to Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, 10451.”
“Would you like a gift card?” she asked.
“Oh, just scribble something on his forehead,” I said. “How about: ‘For Joe Girardi, a little insurance. Best wishes, She-Fan.'”
Jane, the Yankees really need to put you on a retainer! Looking forward to your book this week. I’ll blog about my shopping experience!
You never know what you might find on the clearance rack! Wiggy would be nice to have!
That’s actually quite a good idea. I maintain my stance that the Yankees should bring back Abreu, though. But since that seems to not be happening, I would take Garrett Anderson.
I would certainly take Hudson over Cano… any day of the week… maybe it’s time to say goodbye to dear Robby.
Ah, Wiggy, what a sensitive man! I heard he even cried when the Mets traded him away several years ago.
I wish the Yankees would put me on retainer, Julia. I’d even sign a confidentiality agreement.
Wiggy did seem like a good pickup, Kathy.
Neal, I’d love to have the candy eater back. I keep thinking of all those pitches he takes and those 100 RBIs. Sigh.
There was talk of Hudson replacing Cano early on, Jeff, but the Yanks focused on pitching, hoping Cano would bounce back. We shall see.
Wiggy cries? Well, Bern, I think he belongs on the Yankees then. He and Edwar Ramirez can sob together.
Darn free agent store! They miss-delivered your package to the Baltimore. I hope you can get a refund!
LOL, Kathy. I guess the package went to the wrong location. Oh, well.