Tuesday, December 30, 2008
In the 2006 season, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen coined the phrase "piranhas" to describe the speedy slap-hitters in the Twins lineup. This comment was the single most effective move any manager has made in the past two seasons. (Remarkably, no left-handed relief pitchers were involved). When he said this, Ozzie knew that the Twins propaganda machine would use this to convince fans that the Twins are lucky to have such an abundance of speedy slap-hitters. Dick Bremer can babble all he wants about how exciting the piranhas are. Meanwhile, the sharks are winning ballgames. The one run that separated the two teams in the standings was a Jim Thome solo shot in the tiebreaker. And let's not forget that in the first two games of the infamous 4-game sweep in June, Joe Crede hit as many home runs as Nick Punto did in 2006, 2007, and 2008 combined.