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Holy HELL I Hate it When...
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
... People describe players like David Eckstein as "scrappy" as if it was the greatest characteristic an athlete could possess. My hatred for this is twofold:
  • What the hell does it even MEAN? He tries hard? Congratulations. Don't most major leaguers (save for Carl Pavano)?
  • Raving about his "scrapiness" implies that other players are lacking in the scrap department, when in fact I'd say that everyone from Jeter to the Spirit Coordinator play just as hard as anything I've ever seen from Scrapstein - if not more.

This is not a declaration of a particular dislike for Scrapstein. Rather, it is a plea to broadcasters to stop focusing so much on the intangibles an offer insightful commentary and analysis that is based on performance. If the ESPN announcers continue to pepper their game announcements with "he's a scrappy one!" type comments every time I watch the Jays play the Yanks I shall erupt into a fit of shrieks of frustration and hollers of disgust.


posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, June 04, 2008  
  • At 3:59 PM, Anonymous joe morgan said…

    Hi, I'm Joe Morgan. I think Eckstein is the scrappiest gamer to ever grind it out. And he hustles.

  • At 4:56 PM, Anonymous Marco said…

    The whole "scrappy" description coincides with the height of the player. It's a short thing. Since he's little, he ought to be scrappy to be noticed. Plus, the "hustle" comes from high frequency of the scrappy dude's strides. His little legs fire like pistons, in order to generate speed. Trust me. Look at who analysts describe as "scrappy." Granted, they're usually white guys, but they fit a profile.

  • At 7:23 PM, Blogger William said…

    Don't hate on the little guys, YC! Granted the term scrappy gets thrown around so loosely nowadays it borders on being a slighting remark, but in the traditional sense (the definition above) it does fit Eckstein.

  • At 11:47 PM, Anonymous Ian said…

    Wow, this is all you have to say about the game, no mention of Jeter surpassing Mantle.You are a fucking moron...But I'm glad you picked up on the key element of the game which is Joe Morgan filling a bit of time to describe a player.

  • At 5:44 AM, Blogger YankeeFiend23 said…

    .....Michelle (Micheal
    ) Kay talks!!!! The only time anything slightly insiteful comes out of his mouth it is regurgitated info. This dill hole knows less than my 4 yr old nephew about baseball.

    If I had to listen to him dog Joba one more time last night I was going to freak.

    He was calling his night a failure and going on about how bad he was and yadda yadda. Am I the only one that considers Jobas' day a success. Sure the game was lost and he only went 2 1/3 but HE DID NOT get hit hard. the Jays were obviously taking on him most the time to run his pitch count. If they are free swinging you can turn at least 2 of those BBs into Ks.

    O.K., sorry, this is your "Holy hell....." not mine.

    Hey Joe, wouldn't hustle be part of what goes into scrappy? Just sayin....

    I'm with the other two, it's the little guys that get tagged with that moniker. Lets face it, Eck (and his Knobby-like throws {yins saw that last night right?}) is a tiny tiny lil man.

  • At 7:34 AM, Anonymous yankyclpr said…

    Ohhh Joe Morgan, when I played I had to be a hustler, cause in my day I played with Charlie Hustle. He was a good friend of mine, and thats how we played in those days. We did the little things, and the big things, and those big things, came back to bit the little guys. SMILE.

  • At 6:05 AM, Blogger YankeeFiend23 said…

    Well, with the resurgence of Jason and Mussina. I am starting to wonder if we will get to see the "contract year phenomenon" first hand. If so we are in for a treat. That would mean Mussina, Giambi, and Abreu amongst others could have some big seasons.

    That list of players on the Yanks is
    1) Jason Giambi
    2) Mike Mussina
    3) Farnsworthless (that name will really apply if he bombs out.)
    4) The Wangster
    5) Wilson Betemit
    6) Brian Bruney (already guessing NO)
    7) Chad Moelller (he's scrappy! had to do it)
    8) Billy Traber (another um, NO)
    9) and who could forget Pavano!

    Plus all the kids still under control with one year deals could be looking to land a raise. Who knows but we'll see how it unfolds. Theres a poll for ya YC, who's gonna have the biggest "contract year"?

  • At 12:02 PM, Blogger YankeeFiend23 said…


    I don't know whats more amazing;
    1) That we are lucky enough to see someone who now ranks amongst the legends of Pinstripes throughout his entire career or..
    2) That no Yankee has amassed 3,000 hits.

    ...and how fitting, it was with a "Jeterian" swing in an RBI situation.

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