Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Junior just got an RBI single in his first AB with the White Sox.
I've never gotten particularly sentimental about Junior, but it sure does look weird to see him in a White Sox uni.
"This isn’t stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner
Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie. - Larry David
I do not intend this as any kind of attack on Junior, as I think he has handled himself with class throughout his tenure in Cincinnati. But I take issue with the characterization of Perez as petty, insecure, or small. Other than Joe Nuxhall, Tony Perez may be the most beloved player in Reds history.
And all this discussion about Griffey's number is eerily reminiscent of Robert DiNiro's character in "The Fan". I just hope Benicio Del Toro doesn't get carved up in the sauna!
Eric Stratton, Rush Chairman. Damn glad to meet ya.
Pennant race, title shot key for Griffey
By the Associated Press
Saturday, August 02, 2008
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ken Griffey Jr. spent a good part of his childhood in Cincinnati, played there for nine more years. It's the place he raised his children, where he's made numerous friends, still has family.
Cincinnati is home.
Yet when he was asked to leave, Griffey needed just a few hours to decide.
The chance to play in a pennant race, to potentially win his first World Series ring was enough for the slugger to agree to a trade to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
"They've obviously done well, being in first place without me to this point," Griffey said Friday, before his debut with the White Sox against Kansas City. "In search of winning a World Series title, that was important. My kids are getting older and it wasn't the situation in Seattle where I wanted to get closer to home. It was a chance for me winning a title, I think that was the biggest draw."
Griffey was traded with cash to the AL Central-leading White Sox, with reliever Nick Masset and Triple-A second baseman Danny Richar going to the Reds.
Though he's struggled this season — .245, 15 homers, 53 RBIs in one of baseball's most homer-friendly ballparks — Griffey believes he still has something left. He departed Cincinnati on a 12-game hitting streak, going 14-for-44 with three homers and nine RBIs, and has 608 career homers, leaving him one behind Sammy Sosa for fifth on the all-time list.
Griffey didn't take long to help out his new team.
Playing in Kaufman Stadium for the first time since July 1999, he received a warm ovation from the Kansas City fans during pregame introductions and again when he came to bat for the first time in the second inning.
After fouling off a tough, two-strike pitch from Luke Hochevar, he lined a single up the middle to drive in the game's first run.
"There's things that I can do to help this ballclub," he said before the game. "Having a manager (Ozzie Guillen) who didn't hit very many home runs, he's very keen on making sure you get the runner over and knock him in, and that's the key to winning ball games. I've been around for a little while, so I understand the game."
Giffey finished the game, a 4-2 victory, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs.
The 38-year-old Griffey played the last two seasons in right field, but Guillen moved him back to center, shifting Nick Swisher to first to replace the struggling Paul Konerko.
Griffey also found himself in different spot in the lineup, hitting seventh against Kansas City Friday night after batting third for the Reds.
I miss Adam Dunn.
"You only have to bat a thousand in two things; flying and heart transplants. Everything else you can go 4-for-5."