Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Let the Anthony Gose Mythmaking Begin

I'm beginning to worry that I'm impossible to please. Wait wait wait with baited breathon the edge of my seat for Spring Training to start...and I'm already bored. Maybe bored isn't the correct word but I hardwired to ignore the ups and downs of early spring.

With good reason, as the San Fran Chron lays out here. Grapefruit games, especially at the start of spring, are more about conditioning than anything else. I'm not even a little concerned with the Jays ability to score runs or Jose Bautista's lack of taters.

All that said, Anthony Gose is making a name for himself. With his defence, if you can believe it. And by "making a name for himself" I mean "recruiting legions of followers who will begin crowing for his promotion to the big leagues almost instantly."

Which is, of course, already happening. After the breathless Tweets and messages (as seen below) people are pestering Wilner, questioning if Gose might see some time with the big club in 2011. Yes, the 20 year old player who made outs by the boatload at High A is going to jump to the big league club. Sigh.

The reports on Gose's superlative defence are exciting. Knowing that Gose is ready to contribute on the defensive side only makes the wait to see if his bat will play that much worse. Simply put: if he can't hit, he can't play. I mean hit in the loosest sense of the word, I assure you.

Luckily, a tweet from Phillies minor leaguer Jiwan James gives me hope that Gose has what it takes. That Anthony Gose is willing to do what it takes to get to the next level. Namely: cheat.


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