With a shit-tonne of shit now shit-streaming in from Dunedin, it only seems prudent (read: easiest), instead of creating a massive commentary-laden Afternoon Snack, to pile all of the day’s links into one dump, then following that up with some expanded commentary where necessary. So that’s what we’re going to do each day. Unless we don’t. It’s your Further Comment…
Oh, Adam Lind
The Globe piece on Adam Lind warrants further comment, not just because it’s revealed that Lind had a cyst removed, that he checked with management before revealing that information, or that Alex Anthopoulos calls him “the most honest person I’ve ever met.”
No, I’m more interested in Lind’s wonky back, which supposedly ruined his 2011 season, while his similarly-ruined, similar 2010 was ruined because… well, either because he’s not as good at baseball as his 2009 indicated, or… who the fuck knows?
“It would depend on the day. Some days it was there, some days it wasn’t. Even now, some days I can feel it. Some days I can’t,” Lind said when asked if his back acted up on him last year after he returned to the lineup. “But I’ve done all I can do to make it feel as good as I can.”
Well that’s fucking inspiring stuff from your cleanup hitter, isn’t it? And it’s doubly-inspiring when he talks about hitting behind Jose Bautista as “a privilege. I think it’s exciting to have the best seat in the house every time, the best hitter in baseball is in the batter’s box.”
Awww. He likes the view! Well then, I guess we’ve got to keep him in that spot. Moving him somewhere more appropriate– especially against damn lefties– would just be cruel!
Which… OK… I’m not completely down on Lind’s chances to a) rebound or b) mercifully be relieved of his cleanup duties against left-handers, it’s just… it’s kinda dispiriting how he seems like he’s just been handed that spot in the lineup again, and how easily he’s been allowed to use the injury excuse for last year, and to not have to address the fact that it’s actually been two years of worst-first-baseman-in-baseball production the Jays have received.
And there’s also this: “It’s the first time I’ve been around that I think everybody’s enjoying each other’s company and we don’t have any egos that are out of this world. I think we’re all regular guys that enjoy each other.”
Um… there aren’t exactly a lot of guys whose departure might have contributed to these new good vibes. Since last spring the Jays have lost: Hill and McDonald, Rzepczynski and Dotel, Patterson and Rivera, Francisco, Rauch and Camp, Molina, Reyes, Loewen, Nix, Purcey… OK, maybe there’s actually been quite a lot of guys. Still, out of this world egos? Interesting…