Sitting with Pete Friday night at the safe we got to talk. Me approaching 3 sheet to the wind, and Pete sober and ready to rumble, began to argue about the team’s captain. We no longer have one, was the only thing we could agree upon. Pete felt that the team did not need one, or if they did it should be anyone other than who I suggested.
Slurringly I blurted out Raul Ibanez. Everytime Raul came up to plate I jumped up and shouted Team Captain time to get’er done!!!
Seriously though Raul is the constant professional and lets face he is the teams most consistent guy. He is the first guy to diffuse any situation. Take the game a while back when Betencourt was pissed for being drilled by Millwood. Raul was the first guy out there to calm him down. Raul gets along with all his teammate’s. Even Ichiro has a soft spot for good ole Raul. The pair teach each other languages. Raul learns Japanese while teaching Ichiro Spanish.
Look they guy has put in the time, gone through the system and proven he is a quality major league player. The young guys listen to him and it is a roll I think he has fallen into already. Richie is not really interested in that roll and neither is Bletre. My vote is for Raul!
On a second note Pete and I have deemed a new boy to join Morse here at Mariner Magic. He is none other than Mr. Hustle Yorvit Torrealba. Every time I watch him play I am impressed. He is fast and hustles. He seems to have a moderate stick, which is a bonus. I always say any production you get from catcher is a positive. Clearly this is a guy we can count on till Clement is ready. Plus his name is really fun to say.