Re: Ellsbury sits, JBJ starts in CF for 1st game in NY
posted at 6/1/2013 8:10 AM EDT
For fans sick of OTHER fans getting sick of Ellsbury, from one fan, here's the list:
-Tito sometime around 09 stating basically he needs to understand how important it is to be out there. This after rumblings about him needing a kick in the a s s at Pawtucket from time to time because he doesn't like playing at anything less than 100%.
-The rib injury/injuries. Still stands as the longest time missed for that kind of injury...whether you want to count it as one or two doesn't matter, he was out longer than any player I can find any info on with a rib injury. Facts are facts, Ellsbury was out longer than anyone in history for that kind of injury.
-Notebook page, high-school style interview with notes. Not only possibly fragile/soft, also OBVIOUSLY thin-skinned.
-Rehabs on West coast which obviously irked teammates as some commented on it publicly.
-Seasons at such extreme ends of the spectrum it almost defies logic and begs questions about PEDs.
-Does not have a personality that anyone has much of an opinion of, which may not hurt, but certainly doesn't help.
-And not to be overlooked - the fact that one Mr Borass is his agent.
If you want to ignore ALL of the above, what are you left with? A guy who has fascinated us with his talent...about 25% of the time he's been on the field. And when he DOES do something special, he's hurt afterwards.
He's now 30, and will be looking, presumably, for at least 5 years. At 30, he steals 5 bases and needs a night off. He's a player predicated on speed. At 32, what are 2 steals in a game going to do to him? Imagine if he hits 2 doubles and a triple! May be a DL stint if that happens.
He's like a Lamboughini. Looks great. Tons of power. Breaks down every other month with some $1000 problem and spends more time in the shop than on the road. Just not worth it. It will be one of my greatest disappointment that in 2010 when the Dodgers were taking feelers on a 'down' Matt Kemp in the midst of a relationship with Rihanna. I was SCREAMING to package Ells and a pitcher and everyone thought I was certafiably insane. Even with Kemp again having a 'down' year (any doubt how bad Crawford/Beckett/Gonzalez are for a TEAM now?), I'd be very happy with him in CF, at 20 mil per, for the next 6.