Last night in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Giancarlo Stanton grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, dropping the Yankees’ run expectancy from .94 to .12 with one swing. For those with a disdain for math, that’s a pretty significant drop with one swing of the bat.
After the swing, Stanton clearly ran with less than 100% effort going down the first base line on the play.
Me: […Looks upward…exhales slowly and loudly…] Here we go…
To no one’s surprise, Stanton’s (not) running was pointed out on the TV broadcast and endlessly on social media with the usual and incredibly tiresome tropes about “hustle”. As someone who’s been accused of being officious – rightfully so, in most cases – allow me to give some advice to the old folks who still pick clouds at which to yell:
Let it go.
Stanton had two choices: A) Run 100% from an awkward position (out of the box), very likely be thrown out anyway, and risk aggravation to his previously and recently injured hamstring and gastrocnemius. B) Move less than top speed, and remain present in the lineup – which as we’ve seen has a massive impact on the Yankees’ success.
I always thank anyone and everyone who takes the time to read my thoughts, so I write this with respect:
If you think Stanton should have chosen “A”, I would request you get a tox screen and a psych eval before I engaged in any discussion with you.
People who think Stanton was in the wrong (not only in the wrong, but guilty of being lazy or of some other personality deficiency) for choosing “B” sound like Yankee fans who used to boo Robinson Cano and his perceived lack of hustle and toughness – never mind he averaged 160 games per season with NYY after becoming a starter. And when the Yankees and their fans rid themselves of Cano’s pesky Cooperstown level performance, they were rewarded with…
Ah yes, I remember all of the fans and media members who waxed poetic about Drew’s hustle. It was so enjoyable to watch it and reminisce of the good ole days when players played the “right way” that everyone forgot Drew was paid $16 million dollars to be the one of the worst Yankees ever.
By the power of Rickey’s home run trot, I command you to look at the forest, not the tree. Stanton is in the lineup tonight. The Yankees have a better chance of winning as a result.
Did I miss something? Let me know. (And no, I didn’t forget that Brian Cashman went with Brian Roberts initially to replace Cano. Roberts’ performance was so poor and brief, Drew was the “long term” replacement.)
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