The big news for everyone lately of course is that Chone Figgins is finally off the Mariners’ payroll and off somewhere he cannot do us any more damage in Seattle. I have attempted to be pr0-Figgins in private while being anti-Figgins in public, and it never worked out for me. I will still never ever forgive him for his fight with Don Wakamatsu, and I will forgive him even less for coming here and completely tanking, not giving us even one decent year. Between 2009 and 2010, Figgins batting average crashed .039%. We should have known something was up, but between 2010 and 2011 it crashed another .071%, and his totals from last year did not improve. He went from being a 6.9 WAR player for Anaheim, to being a 1.3 WAR player in Seattle. Last year, he was -1.0. Yuck. I don’t have to go into anything else much further, just check the link above to see the numbers dive down abruptly between Anaheim and Seattle. We gave him the benefit of the doubt by paying him as much as we did for the number of years we did, and he repaid our good faith by abruptly tanking. I am about as sad to see him go as I was to see Milton Bradley or Ken Griffy Jr go. There may be more of a future for Figgins somewhere else, but unlike most other players who leave us, I really just don’t care where he goes, who he winds up with, or whether or not he does well. I’m just done. He has Yuniesky Betancourted his way out of what little space he ever occupied in my heart.
I am serving jury duty this week, so I don’t have much else to say, and my time is limited; but tonight I am going to a friend’s birthday before a four-day weekend, and I know there will be champagne. You’ll maybe pardon me if the thought of Figgins packing his things and leaving Seattle passes my mind – ever so slightly – as I have a drink and celebrate my upcoming tiny vacation.