I’ve had some hours to think about things now, and I think I really like this trade. Like really like it, like it. Jeff Sullivan’s post here helped iron things out a little bit, along with all the Tweets, FaceBook posts, and only God knows what else has been shooting out of the internet today. I was looking forward to Carlos Silva maybe being able to bring it back for us, but that’s not going to happen now, and we’re only out a little money for it. Mariners fans are (generally) happy that we get a DH/LF type hitter, and Cubs fans are (generally) happy to have Mr Milton Bradley off their grass. For his part, Bradley is – at least on the surface – glad to be coming to play on a team with – who else? – Ken Griffey Jr, a player he has apparently held in such high esteem that he wants an autograph from him. That alone gives me hope for the Mariners ability to help Bradley do what he needs to do here. Hey, Don Wakamatsu and company were able to get Carlos Silva to hold his chin up a little higher, and even smile once in a while – and I have the pictures to prove it!
If Bradley makes a turnaround, I will truly believe in fairies, unicorns, and All Things Good and True.
We can, truly, only guess what might happen with this situation until we get there, but at the very least, this is a more favorable reaction than Cliff Lee had; and of course, I kid because I love. While I was trying to write this, Sullivan posted yet another analysis of past troubled Mariners. This really should be taken into consideration. I got into a brief discussion with someone on Brock & Salk’s FaceBook page who is worried that this move basically spells a lot of disaster for us, and that Bradley will ‘eat Wakamatsu alive’ (I’m not sure if these were exact words, but they were close). I don’t believe this to be true – I have a lot of faith -a lot of faith – in our front office and coaching staff, and I think that this absolutely can work.
I do truly wish Silva much luck in Chicago, and I hope he does manage to “go all Jeff Weaver” like Sullivan says, if only for my friend Kevin’s sake (a Schaumberg resident and lifelong Cubbies fan).
Dave Cameron has some more ideas about what might happen in the near future over here. For myself, I think I have some degree of trade fatigue. I love what is happening right now, absolutely love it – but it seems like every time I turn around, something else great is happening. I’m not complaining at ALL, but give a girl some time to breathe, guys!
I am now officially way more excited than I need to be for FanFest.