Monday, February 4, 2008

Sticks In My Craw...


Boy, ohh boy, you know what's been really stickin' in my craw recently...? They fact that in baseball, EVERY time ANYONE talks about a player, the word 'a' is put in front of his name. Think about it. Remember the last time you saw something on TV about the hot stove, trades or anything at all this offseason? Possibly talking about the whole A-Rod fiasco at the end of last season, or even the recent trade of Johan "God" Santana to those loveable Metsies. I bet the reporter or club official did it and you might not have even noticed. Do you know what I'm talking about? For example:

"...we could sign a Kyle Lohse or a Livan Hernandez…" "When you put him with the likes of a Derek Jeter and a Alex Rodriguez…" "The ripple effect on a team after adding a Johan Santana…"

Listen, I get what they're trying to say. The problem is, IT DOESN'T WORK IN EVERY SITUATION IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!! If I hear it again I'm just going to snap. It's one thing if there were literally 25 players with the same stats as Johan Santana all available. Heck, even if there were 3, then sure, you could add 1 of that group to your team essentially adding "a Johan Santana". But there weren't. The Mets weren't adding "a Johan Santana". THEY ACTUALLY GOT THE JOHAN SANTANA! Why can't they just say that?!?! It's one thing when your talking about stats, thats all fine and good. But we're actually talking about real people, and unless there's some government cloning program I'm not aware of, they're all one of a kind. There are no classes of players, just real living breathing guys that throw and hit.

It's become so rampant that it's being said before any player's name is mentioned, every time. Unfortunately, no one is more to blame than Omar Minaya. He does it ALL the time, probably because he's Spanish.

Listen close from now on. Trust me, it's an epidemic.

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