I love me any excuse to post silly pop songs from the 90’s
In America, there is nothing we love more than a comeback. Rocky (clip, dude, there were six of them). MJ (clip). And yes, the 2004 Boston Red Sox (where did you think I was going with that?). So let’s take a moment and appreciate two finer than fine comeback seasons in this young 2010 fantasy baseball season: Mr. Andruw Jones and Mr. Colby Lewis.
You’re likely more familiar with Mr. Jones, so let us start with him. Yes, this is the same Andruw (Rudolf????) Jones who was a legit 30-20, if not 40-20 threat in his youth and was an easy 30 homer guy only 4 or 5 years ago. Jones had to be disappointed in his last few years, but let’s not forget he was never a .330-average type guy (don’t believe me? Look.). Jones reported to the Sox this year some 20 pounds lighter and is showing it with a youthful flair so far this year. Says manager Ozzie ‘Crazy Train’ Guillen, “He came [into spring training] with one goal — to play every day. I remember having a conversation with him. I said, ‘If you swing the bat good I will play you.’” Jones seems to have taken that to heart and is enjoying fresh legs and honestly, the perfect park for him this summer- Chi-city is an absolute LAUNCH pad for someone like Jones this summer. Jones has always had pop, and it looks like he’s ready to work again, so he’s a very real power buy IF you’re sipping my Kool-Aid (OH YEAH… shameless, I know). I grew up with Jones long arming bombs, heck I imitated his looping reach out in WiffleBall to perfection, and I’m telling you- he’s back like bad Chinese food folks. Bad analogy, but the moral is pick him up (I blew my loquacious stack in the previous paragraph, so sue me).
I swear I didn’t know it before, but wow are we talking about some guys with awesome middle names! Now Colby Lewis’ story you may not know. He was drafted originally by the Rangers in 1999 and has been injured/bouncing around for years never quite sticking (A’s, ChiSox, KC, Washington) and ending up in Japan (having rotator cuff surgery in ’04). Let’s just say he showed Japan who was boss (i.e. America, whatup.). To the tune of 369 strikeouts in 354 innings in 2008 and 2009 (all stats here). I don’t care what league you are in, those are some serious K’s. And Lewis has always been known for making batters miss, from Bakersfield College, to his scattered minor league resume, to Japan. I feel very safe in assuring you that his strikeout potential is real. He has most recently posted back to back 10 strikeout games and boasts a 38:13 K:BB ratio (in 32 IP!!!), always a sign of continued success, just ask Baltimore (or Daniel Cabrera (clip?)) what it’s like to have that ratio flipped. Couple his K-readiness with what I see as a system-wide kick in the ass to the pitching staff by Nolan Ryan (I don’t care what actually transpired, I like to think the old fireballer tells his pitchers to stop being lil’ pansies and throw the damn ball. I am crediting Nolan Ryan. Because he is my favorite. And has no patience for namby-pamby pitchers. ). Having thrown plenty in Japan, there is little risk of him breaking down like a normal young-gun (Yup, I’m talking about you Mike Leake and your even K:BB rate). Colby Lewis is making a statement (did you see this line!!!!?!?!?!)- I suggest you listen. And pick him up. This is a unique comeback experience, join the bandwagon! And grab some K’s.
Me, I missed on both. So I’m speaking regretfully.
GO get ’em folks, I’m doing some serious, serious LOST research before Tuesday.
Until then, enjoy The Black Keys
KIDDING! Did you think I wouldn’t post the actual Marley jam!?!??! C’mon people….