Not everyone appreciates my little geek-out in response to the Evan Longoria news. Well, actually, no one does, but this guy appreciates it less than others:
section 34 said…
I can’t believe I wasted 5 minutes of my life here. What are you suggesting—that the US forfeit? In the semifinals? Because a couple players have been injured? Rob Neyer, please don’t link to this clown again.
Posted 03/20 at 12:19 PM
If you’re reading Rob, now would be a good time to remind you that the checks will stop coming if you quit linking me. Your call.
But in all seriousness, no, I don’t propose that the United States forfeit the WBC. I am inclined, however, to suggest that, rather than Evan Longoria, we send Martin Prado or someone like him to play out the remainder of the games rather than risk yet another team’s superstar in the service of a preseason exhibition. Chipper Jones, David Wright, and Kevin Youkilis are hurt already. Let’s stop the bleeding.
And no, I don’t presume that even that is a plausible course of action given the roster rules, so how about this: starting next time, let’s play the WBC in the fall so players won’t be working themselves into shape during this thing. I mean, I know spring training sucks and these players are probably happy to be avoiding it, but I can’t help but think the extra stretching, running, and fielding reps they do down in Florida and Arizona serve an actual purpose that this year’s WBCsters are missing out on.
Update: Ok, Martin Prado — born in Maracay, Venezuela — is probably not a good choice for the United States’ team. How about Jed Lowrie?