Great moments of baseball in pop culture, as discussed by @SamMillerBP and @BenLindbergh on the @EWPod: http://t.co/8kxH0w9ibvToday, let's revisit another of my baseball questions, this one from Episode 602 of the Effectively Wild podcast:
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Selfish: As a Yankees fan, I'd make Mike Trout the club's latest famed centerfielder.
Funny: I'd stick Joey Votto on the Royals to watch people freak out as the team tried to get him to cut down on his walks and homers in the name of turning him into a singles-hitting, run-producer.
Purist: I'd put D.J. LeMahieu on the Braves to see him make sweet baseball music with Andrelton Simmons.
I'm sure you guys can come up with some better ones.
Thanks and keep up the good work,
You'll notice that after my first mention on Effectively Wild, I started writing my city after my name. "Francis from the Bronx" isn't as recognizable as "Mike in Montclair", but it still has a nice ring to it.
On the podcast, Grantland's Ben Lindbergh shot down my first two suggestions. He pointed out that the selfish example was, well, too selfish. He also said that people already freak out about Votto in Cincinnati. (And, yes, there has been another freak-out recently.) Both valid points.
In my defense, Lindbergh did appreciate the imaginary double-play combination of LeMahieu and Simmons. He then responded that he would trade Giancarlo Stanton to the Rockies. More precisely, he would trade Giancarlo Stanton to Coors Field. Miller and Lindbergh both already wrote about that possibility after Stanton committed this horsehide-icide in Denver in 2012. Sweet lord, I'm not even sure if the Coors Field Rockpile could withstand a full season of Stanton's barrages.
I already offered some answers to my own question, but here are a few others:
Selfish: I'll put Andrew McCutchen on the Yankees, thank-you-very-much. Since Lindbergh said I can't have Trout, I'll take the second-best position player in the game.
Family-Oriented: Let's get those fun-loving Molina brothers on the same team. Screw it, let's even bring Bengie out of retirement.
Anarchist: In order to achieve maximum chaos, I'd put A.J. Pierzynski back on the Giants. The forgiving crowd that defended Bonds hates the catcher with a burning passion. Even three World Series titles in five years wouldn't buy Brian Sabean enough goodwill to justify a Pierzynski acquisition.
Time Traveler: I'd go back and see how that infamous DiMaggio-for-Williams trade would have worked out.
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