There are two ways to write the “words” part of this video-based post. One angle would be to marvel at the ability of a player like Vernon Wells, to take a “these guys are good!” approach.
After all, Vernon Wells, he of more than 13700 career innings as an outfielder and zero career innings playing as an infielder, took up the hot corner for the Yankees last night after a flurry of Binderism left the Yankees one infielder short. Vernon Wells stepped in to serve as the Yankees third baseman for the ninth inning, where he helped protect a one-run lead and secure the W.
Awesome, right? No.
There are more than a few examples of the Power of the Pinstripes, where players previously deemed finished as viable big leaguers join the Yankees and mysteriously lurch back to life, chipping in with key contributions well beyond their personal “best before” date. Vernon Wells hit .222/.258/.409 over the two previous seasons combined, losing his job in the Angels outfield. He was all but done, a bloated contract and broken-down player at the end of his career.
One trade to the Yankees and suddenly Vernon Wells is hitting .287/.341/.504 with seven home runs, playing the freaking infield on a whim, making plays and winning games for the Yanks. Vernon hit one of those seven homers yesterday, in addition to scoring the winning run on an infield single.
This is scary. Terrifying even. What kind of mad science do they practice there in the Bronx? What sort of rejuvenation techniques to they employ? Witchcraft? Human Sacrifice? Pleas to darker power? I don’t want to think about it.
Here’s a video of Vernon Wells playing third base, fielding a Carlos Gonzalez grounder smoothly in the ninth inning of a one-run game. Mind the blood rain, enjoy the dead rising up and roaming the Earth. Lost souls and all that.