I never heard of Mikie Mahtook before the other day. Evidently he is a very talented outfielder from LSU.
The Rays, who had back to back picks at 31 and 32 in the first round, chose Mahtook.
High School Rivals says he’s a great value and has a real shot to be a big leaguer.
This was the pick that Brian Cashman didn’t want to surrender for anyone other than Cliff Lee. And the Steinbrenner boys did an end around and got Rafael Soriano which resulted in one of the great awkward press conferences ever.
Soriano is 32 and on the disabled list again.
Who knows when he is coming back and when that 5.40 ERA will go down.
Cashman better hope this is my last post on Mahtook.
Or shall I say the Steinbrenner boys better hope he doesn’t. Otherwise, Cashman will remind them every day for the rest of their lives that they went with Soriano.
(I can’t help it… I want Mahtook to become an All Star!)
But what is up with the name Mikie?
The talk in Yankee-land seems to be about Mark Teixeira’s being beaned and knocked out by Jon Lester (a notorious hot head) and Big Papi flipping a bat away after a homer (because I’d be SHOCKED if the Yankees ever had a home run celebration.)
Even the writers are talking about retaliation.
Put some runners on base for A. J. Burtnett whose ERA against the Red Sox last year was over 7! Put something on their mind other than winning the freaking game.
Two teams tied for first place shouldn’t be thinking about hurt feelings.
A team that has lost 6 of the first 7 head to head games with their biggest rival shouldn’t be talking about anything other than their win and loss record.
If A. J. Burnett hits a batter, so what? It’s another runner on base.
It’s not like the Yankees will be afraid of Tim Wakefield throwing a 40 MPH knuckleball at them.
So come on Tim! Another win will put you 10 behind the All Time Red Sox wins leader. Now THAT is something to keep track of.
I guess I should be specific.
That’s May 29, 2011.
8 straight losses.
No need to panic.
It’s only April… I mean May… I mean June.