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Of Freddy Sanchez and Baseball Clichés

June 13, 2011

Best shape of his life. Professional at bat. Knows how to win. Trying to do too much. One game at a time. Manufacturing runs.

Plays the game the right way.

Baseball is a game of inches…and of meaningless clichés. But now and then we’re reminded why such arbitrary bunches of words exist to begin with.

Freddy Sanchez might not be a super star. He might not even be great. He might spend too much time on the DL. The Giants might have given up too much for him in trade, and it might have been silly to already have signed him for the 2012 season. But he is so amazingly fun to watch. You can look at the numbers and complain about his lack of walks and talk about how his offense is entirely reliant on BABIP all you’d like, but somewhere in baseball fan heaven there is a never-ending highlight reel of Freddy Sanchez turning double plays, catching pop-ups, and lining doubles into the gaps.

If there is really such a thing as “playing the game the right way”, it was created by players like Freddy. Good players. Solid players. Everyday players who play beautiful, beautiful baseball. Players that make you shut off the part of your brain that’s complaining about contracts or age.

This is all to say…

Dear Baseball Gods,

Please don’t take him out for the season, because we will be very, very sad. We are already sad to have lost him at all. Again.

Sincerely,
Snow Woulda Had It

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Christine permalink*
    June 16, 2011 9:41 am

    “Somewhere in baseball fan heaven there is a never-ending highlight reel of Freddy Sanchez turning double plays, catching pop-ups, and lining doubles into the gaps.”

    Baseball fan heaven sounds like a nice place.

    I miss Freddy.

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