Miles From Fenway


Tracking Bellhorn 1
August 31, 2005, 6:09 pm
Filed under: baseball

I’m going to make this into a regular feature. Kind of like the Missing Missys, which reminds me I have a new one I need to write. With Bellhorn coming to the Yankees, it will be pretty easy to track him, and to be honest, no matter where he went I would have done so. I have an unnatural attachment to that man. His numbers don’t back up my fandom, and it’s completely based on last year’s performance, but I don’t really care. I think the guy is a class act and a good ballplayer who hit a bad year.

That being said, this was very hard to see on the television last night:
I just didn’t think it would happen this fast! At least he wasn’t in pinstripes. I mean, at least it was the away uniform. That made it a bit easier to deal with. But still. It hurt.

I didn’t get to see much of the game. Since it was a late start I was sleepy and needed to get home. I did see his first at bat (he grounded into a fielder’s choice) and a few plays in the field, but nothing noteworthy. Unsurprisingly he went 0-4 in the Yankees loss. It’s very surreal to see him on another team, and incredibly hard to try to root for him as a player and still root against the Yankees as hard as I do. I’m feeling a bit schizophrenic.

Apparently so does Mark: “It was kind of weird to look in the mirror the first time I tried my hat on,” Bellhorn said with a grin (from the AP: Bellhorn Looks In Mirror and Sees A Yankee)

So we’ll see if this pans out. If I still like him just as much if he does well against us. But for now I’ll just settle for still respecting and liking him as a player and I’ll worry about my head spinning in circles later.

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I’m totally with you on this one. Mark Bellhorn is a class act, a quiet guy who just does his job, and who was mistreated pretty badly by the Boston fans. Plus, he was a vital part of our success last October. I hope things go well for him personally, although he is now a part of the enemy professionally.

Comment by JMD

Good, defensively! Will NEVER forget the CLANK on the foul pole, in Game 7 of LCS.

Comment by Michael Leggett

Good riddance, Stinkhorn. =)

Comment by Macca

He is definitely a nice guy, but you’re way wrong that he just hit a bad year. With the exception of 2004 (and, if we’re being generous 2002 – although he only .258), he’s been bad his whole career. A .237 lifetime hitter with only 216 RBIs since 1997?? That’s not what I’d call a good ballplayer. Like you though, I’ll always have a soft spot for him for what he did last year and I wish him all the best.

Comment by fniw

jmd: knew you’d be with me on this one.

michael: that’s definitely a moment that will stick out in most sox fan’s minds. And probably the reason people won’t despise him now that he’s a yankee.

macca: I am disappointed in you!

fniw: But you’ve got to take in account more than just average and RBIs. Take a look at BMS’s post here: http://keyboardbaseball.blogspot.com/2005/08/mark-bellhorn-dfad.html says it better than I ever could.

Comment by FINY

all very good points, but again, focusing on last year – this year is more in-keeping with his career. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Bellhorn, but 2 smart ‘under the radar’ moves from Theo have left us with a 2nd baseman hitting above .300 and a good late innings defensive replacement. Graffanino hits better, Cora defends better. That said, I hope when the Yanks come back into town at the end of September that Bellhorn gets the standing O he deserves from the Fenway crowd (and that goes for Embree too).

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