Saturday, December 17, 2005

Doug I'm-taking-my-ball-and-going-home

This is a case for Judge Judy. Former Twin Doug Mientkiewicz is headed to arbitration with the Boston Red Sox. Not for a pay increase or a new contract, it's for a ball he says is his. Remember when he single-handedly won the World Series for the Red Sox to break an 86-year curse? Neither do I. Dig Doug's grounds for keeping the ball are due to him catching the final out in Game 4. You might say, "Surely he must have done something else to help the Red Sox?" Let's see he had eleven at bats in the entire 2004 playoffs, four hits and one RBI. Maybe during the regular season, he probably carried them at some point? One HR and ten RBI and a .215 average after the trade deadline. And I'm not sure but I think it was a fluke ten-run homer in an otherwise silent summer. The only reason he made an appearance in any game was the combined miserable defense of Kevin Millar and David Ortiz. And for that he feels entitled to a piece of baseball history.

It's a real puzzle that Mientkiewicz is now on his fourth team in three years. That's right Twins fans, he's back in the Central with K.C. It's safe to say he won't be creating any World Series disputes again.