Can I tell you something? If I knew what it meant, I’d probably get schadenfreude simply for the fact that some insufferable prick probably clicked on this post for the sole purpose of telling me that only douche bags use the word “schadenfreude,” and now I’ve completely defused his irrational, pedantic ire.
Also: Brett Wallace.
The bat-will-play-anywhere, best positional prospect in the Roy Halladay trade was flipped by the Jays to the Houston Astros at the 2010 trade deadline for Anthony Gose, amid much consternation from Jays fans who had spent the previous three months longing for Wallace to come along and finally end the Lyle Overbay era at first base.
Like just about every decision the Astros have made since, though, it seems thing didn’t work out so hot for Houston.
Of course, you can nitpick just about any GM– how’s Mike Napoli for Frank Francisco treating us, hmm?– but this one has made for a rather amazing turnaround.
Anthony Gose left Jays camp in Dunedin this week on his way to start refining those tantalizing tools of his at Triple-A Las Vegas, a hotly-anticipated prospect in the eyes of many fans– as was Wallace– due largely to the positively asinine underappreciation of the guy ahead of him on the depth chart. While Wallace… is heading down to the same level, in the same league.
Yes, Wallace– the Astros’ Opening Day first baseman in 2011– was demoted to the Oklahoma City Redhawks at the end of camp. And, at least for now, he and Gose will both be competing with their respective teams for the Pacific Coast League championship.
“Wallace is hitting .260 with one homer and seven RBIs in 50 spring at-bats,” explains Brian McTaggart of Astros.com. “He played both first and third base this spring in an effort to increase his versatility, but he will start the year in the Minor Leagues and play third base.”
Back to third base for ol’ Thunder Thighs? Fat Ichiro-ing his way to .260 with just a single homer the whole spring?
Oh man… that sucks. And is also kinda funny.