Had trouble accessing our posting page the past couple of days, so I was unable to take credit for the reassignment of Donnie Murphy in timely fashion. The joke is that my last post got him run back to the minors, but I think it’s the fact that he couldn’t hit a breaking ball to save his life.
Anyway, I’m predicting about 10,000 max for tonight’s second-place “showdown” against the Rangers. I don’t blame all the folks who’d rather stay at home. I’d argue this is the most unwatchable the A’s have been since 1998, early ’99. It’s not that they haven’t found some pieces to the puzzle, but I’d rather watch Carlos Gonzalez and Ryan Sweeney when they reach their full capabilities (assuming they do).
Meantime, they just became a bit more unwatchable today, because third baseman Eric Chavez hinted big time before the game that he might not play again this season. Dude’s got a bad shoulder, and he said it’s not gonna get much better, surgery or no surgery. So I’m thinking the A’s better start thinking about moving him to first base pretty soon. Too bad, because nobody in the 50 years of Bay Area baseball has wielded the glove at third base like Chavez has, but it’s time.
One thing left unsaid is whether he’s facing the end of his career. That would be too bad. Chavez really has never had a chance to be physically sound at a stage in his career where he was emotionally mature enough to let his talents show. He gets a bad rap from fans, because his production hasn’t been great, but if you guys knew what this guy went through to get himself ready for a game, you’d be stunned. I asked him several times if I could do a story on it, but he always turned me down because he’d say his job was to be on the field, and it didn’t matter what it took to get there. He’s a real humble, decent guy, and his inability to get on the field bothers him more than you know.
Are you guys Eric Chavez supporters, or have you tired of him?