Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Introducing the 1999 AL All Stars!


I'm not one to question the moves of Billy Beane, and not only because he's sitting next to me right now, holding a pistol to my head. How does he find me so fast? Regardless, Beane and the A's have made a splash this offseason, trading for Matt Holliday and signing Jason Giambi, Orlando Cabrera, and now, unless something explodes and the world ends, Nomar.

Whether or not Beane is serious about pulling the trigger, I don't know, but I have to question the team's motivation. Beane knows better than anyone - without pitching, you're not winning a damn thing. And the A's did exactly nothing to improve. Yes, their bullpen is filled with players you never heard of who will most likely have better season than players you do know, but that still doesn't solve the problem with the rotation. Quick quiz - can name two of their projected starters?

No? Well, lock your door and shut your curtains, because Billy's on his way over. And he's armed. But honestly, besides Justin Duchscherer - who was a nobody until last season - the faction is faceless. Does this mean they'll be terrible? No, because who the fuck really knows what tricks Beane has up his sleeve. But it could detract from the team's "win now" attitude, especially after a team notorious for being cheap bastards hits the offseason and spends money like a woman from Ohio in Wal-Mart.

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