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Friday, January 19, 2007


Can't Make Great Wine Out of Sour Grapes 


根據前幾天(1/16) New York Times 的 Ben Shpigel 的報導 "Sheffield Makes Noise Again, This Time in a Book",Sheffield 也要出一本自傳來談他身邊的一些事情,包括他跟 Barry Bonds 之間的關係,他如何涉入 BALCO 案,當初他跟 Steinbrenner 談合約時發生的事情,以及他在 Yankees 這幾年看到聽到的事情。

Sheffield 素來有 clubhouse cancer 的名聲,不過他再來到 Yankees 前兩年並沒有太多問題為人所知。相反的,他在場上的拼鬥精神,尤其是帶傷上陣這種 Steinbrenner 最喜歡的足球精神,相當受到球迷喜愛。因此,我對 New York Times 報導中談到這一段他和 Torre 之間的關係特別注意:

Sheffield called Manager Joe Torre "an enigma" and recalled how, in 2004, his first season with the Yankees, he grew infuriated that Torre had said he wished the team had signed the slugger Vladimir Guerrero.

During a meeting in Torre's office before a May game in Baltimore, Sheffield told him: "I'm tired of hearing you talk about how much you love Guerrero. That disrespects me."

The next season, Sheffield recounted, he and Torre had an argument in St. Louis the day after Torre called him out during a team meeting for his uneven defensive play.

Sheffield said they quickly patched things up once Torre explained how he viewed him as a team leader and as someone who could handle the pressure.

當 Guerrero 被 Angels 用那種價格簽下後,恐怕不只是 Torre,除了 Angels 外大概所有的人都感到惋惜。尤其是在幾個球季之後,當年大家最擔心的健康問題證明不是大問題,回過頭來看當然更讓人扼腕。我印象中 Torre 應該沒有公開的表示過他多希望簽下 Guerrero,甚至在大多數的合約簽訂及交易中他只是扮演幫助 front office 遊說的角色,在決策過程中他的投入很少被報導出來。這其實也不奇怪,連 Cashman 在幾年前都未必在決策過程中有重大影響力,Torre 的位子還常常比 Cashman 更不穩,可能就更沒有份量了。

無論如何,這一段比較少被提及或者根本未被提及的東西還是蠻有意思的。當 Sheffield 來到 Yankees 的第一年,他帶傷上陣,充滿拼鬥精神,看起來跟傳言中的他完全不一樣。人隨著年齡增長是會成長的,當時我以為 Sheffield 在經歷那麼多事情後改變了。

從去年他的情況看來,他雖然比年輕的時候知道進退一點,關鍵時刻也會說些場面話了,但是『場面話』的意思就是那不是出自真心的。Tigers 今年得到了一個非常好的球員,不過當 Sheffield 的合約快要到期時如果還沒有想要退休,他們也得到了一個未來的大麻煩。

以後的事情,就留到以後再說吧。

Comments:
CCLU,

Speaking of Vlad..... are you a bit concerned about his age?

And by age I don't mean his age listed on the official mlb website, I mean his REAL age.

I think he is a few years older than he claims to be.... (many latin american palyers do this to increase their value as prospects)

This, coincided with the continual decline in his stats..... (plus that he looks old...)

I think he is more like 34 than 30....

Take Care,

Wilson
 
To Wilson
請問一下為什麼增加個幾歲可以increase their value as prospects?我倒覺得年紀越大越沒有價值(假如其他成績都一樣的話)

請原諒我英文太差,所以打中文^^
 
不是,他說的是 Latin American 球員把自己年齡報小一點以增加自己的價值。

Guerrero 曾有這種謊報年齡的傳言,我之前在 Yankees 考慮簽他時好像也談過,時間久遠,不太確定自己說過什麼了。由於我們沒有任何證據,所以對這件事情的所有討論都必須有所保留。
 
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