Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Today two things happened that I did not really expect to see happen this season. One involved something on the field and the other off the field.
On the field, I did not think that we would see the Pirates lose a series, let alone get swept, by the Houston Astros. Yes the Astros that are having a horrendous season. One on par with the Pirates of last season if not worse.
It is amazing what can happen in just a few days or a month. Things can be looking so great, only to see them fall completely apart.
The other took place away from the field, but almost provided the biggest shock of the season. Matt Diaz, he of the complete failure as a free agent signing, was dealt to the Atlanta Braves for a PTBNL or cash. Cash also went to Atlanta with Diaz.
This is unbelievable on many levels. One Diaz was simply wasting space and sucking up money. His defense was like an adventure that Lastings Milledge could not attempt, and his hacks at the plate made him look completely lost. Add to that, Diaz is contractually binded to a team the next season after this one. If you thought this one was a doozy, imagine the sequel.
Being able to pawn him off on Atlanta was like a gift from above. It almost does not matter the amount of cash sent down south, all that matters is that it was a very clean way of getting rid of a mistake.