A little nugget in the Jayson Stark column starting a little email correspondence amongst this blog's contributors this morning.
• Unhappy Valentin's Day: It may sound crazy, but the ex-Met we keep hearing that his old team misses most is Jose Valentin. "Not having Jose Valentin might be the biggest difference between this team and the 2006 team," said one baseball man. "He not only played well. He's a tough guy. He kept other players in line. And he added to the toughness and the winning attitude of that team. You look around that clubhouse now, and there's not one guy like that."
First of all...let's all just LOL here. Do it again. LOL. In your cubicle. Do it. LOL.
I'd like to know who this "one baseball man" is. I guarantee he literally is the ONE guy who would make such a ridiculous statement. I'm sure Jose Valentin fits the term "tough." I really do. But come on dude...like he's the difference between 2006 & now??? Come on...
We all remember when Jose Valentin was here. He was serviceable. I feel like he broke his thumb like 8 times, but still serviceable. That time period was the beginning of the phase coined by Matt as the "Dark Ages" of Brewer baseball. Perhaps one of the only bright spots of that time period was the infamous "Double-V threat" of Jose Valentin & Fernando Vina leading off. NOW THAT WAS A TOUGH TOP OF THE LINEUP.
Unofficial Chuckie Hacks poll:
Who would you rather have leading off?:
-Vina & Valentin
-Dick Weeks & Mike Cameron