Thursday, July 30, 2009
“Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.”
GMs shall often be gluttonous at the trade deadline. Those in contention shall attempt to hoard as much talent as they can sink their teeth into, sometimes to the detriment of both the team currently and the team in the future.
One key example of the past would be the New York Yankees acquisition of Jose Canseco in 2000. Already, with a ridiculous ensemble of talent the Yankees saw Jose Canseco on the market and said "Well, we don't want the Red Sox to get him, so let's grab him." They didn't need him and he did nothing for them other than whine and annoy.
In 2007 the Red Sox desired to make an additional stabilization of their already solid bullpen. So they went out and got
blatant steroid user Eric Gagne who at the time was the closer of the Rangers. Gagne was dreadful for the Red Sox posting a 6.75 ERA which made him the most hated man on the team and resulted in fans offering up questions like "Is Steinbrenner paying him?"
Teams shall always want more more more, for they shall always be gluttons.