I never imagined it would come to this but we have indeed reached the point where a guy like Rick Ankiel is looking like an exciting off-season acquisition.
But of the left handed bat names currently being bandied about who would you rather root for? Jonnny Damon, Raul Ibanez, Fukudome or Ankiel?
I dunno I guess I could root for Fukudome. He generally gets off to a great April before fading away so that could make for some fun early season games but you gotta love Rick Ankiel.
And people have largely forgotten his fascinating story. He made it to the bigs as a lights out fireballer only to flame out in the playoffs when he lost literally ALL control and was unable to avoid throwing balls to the backstop.
It broke him mentally so he quit pitching, went to the minors picked up an OF mitt and made it back to the Bigs as a CF’er!
I mean how can you NOT root for that guy? I hope he doe sign here. I think NY would get behind Ankiel and he just might catch fire for 1 more productive offensive year.
Then again Fukudome might sell thousands of tickets to Japanese NY’ers and that may be a very real criteria for the Wilponzis.