Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Darnell McDonald Is Like Finding A $20 Bill In Your Old Jacket

Have you ever pulled an old jacket out of the closet that you haven’t worn in forever and found a $20 bill in the pocket? Well, the Red Sox did just that last night.

When Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the 15 day disabled list, a roster spot opened up and the Red Sox recalled Darnell McDonald from Pawtucket.

Darnell McDonald is a career minor league ball player. He was drafted back in 1997 by the Baltimore Orioles and has played almost his entire career in the minor leagues (except for 64 games here and there with the Reds and Orioles).

He is 31 years old and last night he was a hero. He got both the game tying and game winning hits. Now he is ready to go back into the closet…thank you very much for the $20 bill.

Memo to Red Sox Nation: Darnell McDonald isn’t the savior of this team.

The 2010 Red Sox are a mediocre team at best and “Run Prevention” obviously isn’t working (did you see John Lackeys last start and the blunder of errors?)

When Theo Epstein sold us the term "Run Prevention" this offseason, most Red Sox fans bought it. Well, I think we are quickly learning that Theo is nothing more than a snake oil salesman.

When a career minor leaguer wins you a game with late innings dramatics, it speaks nothing for run prevention.

So yea, last nights game was fun. Great story. But hey, even sucky movies have a few good scenes.

An old phrase comes to mind: even a blind squirrel can find a nut once in a while.