Rollie Fingers riding a dolphin and other random thoughts.

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Yes, he rides dolphins.

Most of the Athletics sights in internet-land played the typical baseball writing game of follow the leader and were frothing at the mouth at the signing of Barry Zito. We here at the ‘Fro, however, felt a keen sense of bafflement and confusion. Zito, A) didn’t play last year and B) had ERA’s of 4.03, 4.15, 5.87, 4.15 and 5.74 his last 5 seasons. To put it bluntly–he sucked. 

And as much as we admire Charlie O. Finley and Bill Veeck for their “circus like” candor, I just didn’t see Billy Beane, the paradigm of rational thought, as nostalgic, a clown-enabler or the type to give into Zito’s sense of entitlement to waste a Spring Training spot that a young player could desperately need to further his career. Zito, although once an Athletic, had erased any positive emotion from my mind when he signed with the Giants–all but stoking provincial animosities and spitting in Oakland’s face. Due to popular belief, emotions still exist in baseball, although the numbers-crunchers would tell you otherwise. They try to rationalize the signing with  “low risk-medium return” hyperbole to the point of vomit inducing fervor, all but erasing the “gut feeling” that made Earl Weaver so successful. Perhaps the Athletics would have been better off using the 1 million they gave Zito to hire some people who actually NEEDED the money to help promote and to get “fringe fans” to buy tickets. It is common knowledge that their promotional representation in the Bay Area is a mockery to the fan base that is consistently criticized in the media for lack of support….

Jason Giambi retired, finally ending his reign as a PED user, MVP, lovable lug, Yankee, douchbag, party boy, laughing stock of New York and finally, grizzled, useless DH. (The above sentence bringing to light Tina Turner’s “We don’t need another hero” in my synapse hell.) Oddly enough, Giambi was quoted as saying, “I’ve done everything I can in my career.” Touche, Jason. In the end Giambi was seen as sort of a rascal despite his Yankee short-comings…and I’ve always had a soft spot for rascals…what would life be without them? Now Giambi can finally experience what other baseball retirees had to go through– the life of an Average (albeit wealthy) Joe, where no one knows who you are and no one cares until you show up at a fan-fest or baseball card show in a lonely, trash strewn strip mall. Good luck, Jason.

2 Comments

Maybe Barry’s year off surfing involved some other miracle comeback cures. I doubt it, but it only costs the A’s 1 million and that’s only if he makes the team but you’re idea about putting the money towards fringe fans and raising up the marketing is a damn great idea Gary. I would hate to see the A’ relocate. It’s strange and almost disrespectful that the team gets so little attention.

I’m all in on the A’s Z signing. I am hoping for the best, fully aware of his recent inconsistencies.

Baseball is a game of dreams and hopes.For me, at least. I love the angles, the physics, the athleticism, the strategy, the suspense and all the attributes that have carried forward from each of the eras before. I also appreciate the “good guys” in the game. Zito seems to be one of them. Further, I absolutely enjoy watching a soft-tossing lefty and have made it a point to watch him pitch over the years. I’m glad that I may get one more year out of this. It’s certainly possible that he’ll never be called up or if he does, batters hit him hard. Who knows? Maybe he figured something out during his year away from the game.

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