Greetings and Salutations,
In the words of my friend Kenny, “Wa happen”?
Indeed, wa happen to Vernon Wells ability to hit and be a clutch performer, not to mention what happened to his gold glove: In Brian Tallets last start against the Phillies on Sunday, which series was lost to a play in my humble opinion by Wells, Brian pitched really well, in fact a quality start and though had one bad inning which the World Series Champs put some runs on the board; however, none of that would have happened if Vernon would have caught the ball at the wall like he did before the big long contract. There I have finally succumbed to whole notion that players play for the big long contract then take it easy afterwards, but I didn’t want to believe that and was sort of fooled at the start of the season by Vdub.
If you recall at the start of training camp, which in baseball’s history was when most players would come out of shape to get into shape, Vernon, who is in this case is a bit of a traditionalist as witnessed in past years, came this year with a personal trainer whose been getting Wellsy ready for camp to show the world that he’s worth every penny of the big long contract; but Vernon would be sidelined soon into the pre season and where we learned that he has chronic hamstring issues; and for those of you who like to expand Chronic is also known as unending, unceasing, constant, continual, etc.
So, I’m assuming that the Blue Jays have competent well heeled doctors and trainers on staff, and would likely have known this prior to the big long contract. This big long contract by the way has been suggested to be way lower than what Vernon Wells would have received on the open market and Vernon out of love for this organization took the proverbial hair cut to stay with the Blue Jays. Again, if the Blue Jays have the knowledgeable doctors and trainer and presumably have known of the unending, unceasing, constant, continual hamstring issue then why in the in name of baby Jesus would they give such a big long contract, moreover why wasn’t that information made public and thus other teams back off and negotiate from a better position and if Vernon would have walked or went back home to his home state of Texas, who wanted and had room for him at the time, the public perception would not have been so negative toward management since the guy has unending, unceasing, constant, continual hamstring issues.
DON’T GET ME WRONG, I still believe in Vdub and want him on my team, and don’t fault him in any way for taking the money, because WE ALL WOULD TAKE THE MONEY. I’m just disappointed in a whole bunch of little things, for example:
1) If Vernon is averaging .160ish at home and about the same with men in scoring position why when we’re playing a division rival who we’re neck in neck with for the wild card spot do we not put Lyle Overbay in the 3 spot, which in history he’s played, and let him have the opportunity for the clutch hit.
2) Why would the team all for the neon green banner, which is the banner which Vernon lost the ball at the wall in the last Phillies game, to be in the outfield; true, I know that the team needs the advertising revenue however, there could have been something done to the banner to keep the company branding and not be a distraction.
3) In that 5-4 loss with runners on and in the bottom of the 8th why not put in someone else; even though Cito has his mantra about keeping the status quo, he has already shuffled the deck and he could after the game make some PR spin comment to protect his player.
4) In follow up to that last situation, why not bunt? If you can’t drive in the runners, then move them along.
Again, I still believe in Vdub and want him on my team, and don’t fault him in any way for taking the money because it’s not my money (well I do go to games and watch every other on TV so I do contribute to viewership which is deemed an asset thus there is a economic contribution on my part), but I just want a little more.
That’s all for now from yours faithfully………Shine on, Cheers, and Smell you later!