Meyer on Littlefield
What an unbelievably stupid, breathless, worthless piece of hackery this is.
"You always have to be prepared for what could happen," Littlefield said. "It's easy to think everything's going good and there's no worries, but every general manager will tell you that's not the case."
A foul tip can injure a catcher in an instant. A second baseman can be lost for two months because he stood his ground while a baserunner crashed into him trying to break up a double play. An outfielder can hit a wall trying to catch a long drive.
Or a starting pitcher can be lost for the season when a line drive strikes his knee.
All of which are incredibly pressing issues when the team you built has never contended and is nowhere near ready to contend!
"Since coming out of spring training, there have been some thunderbolts," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I think Dave has done a tremendous job of trying to manage this roster and giving me the best players he can possibly give me under the circumstances.
'By the way, Dave, if you're reading this, please don't fire me.'
That makes one realize there's yet another category in the "What if" game, as in "What if" Littlefield hadn't done a good job?
Well, then, you'd probably have a ridiculously inept Ryan Vogelsong in the rotation for two thirds of a year. You'd probably have huge holes at center field and third base. You'd probably have had one of the worst offenses in the big leagues last year. You'd probably have a consistently terrible performance record. Good thing Littlefield has done such a good job.
Paul Meyer, Dave Littlefield, please do us all a favor and retire. Both of you.