Sunday, October 17, 2010
By now we're all aware of the Cody Ross story, placed on waivers in August, and claimed by the Giants solely to block the Padres from acquiring him. The Marlins let him go for free causing much outrage towards management, justifiably. Sure, they were going to non-tender him after this season and say their goodbyes, but letting him go for midseason, for free, to a team that didn't plan on using him,was no way to treat a fan favorite and consistent producer.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes:
Ross, 29, figured he had been traded. When he found out later that he was let go on a waiver claim — let go for nothing but a savings of $1.1 million — he became, in his own words, “bitter and upset.”Laughing because last night he's starting in game one of the NLCS. If that wasn't good enough, he goes out and hits two home runs off Roy Halladay to propel the Giants to victory. Yup, that's the Cody we miss.
“A slap in the face,” Ross called it as he walked out of Citizens Bank Park on a cool October evening.
Suffice it to say, Ross is getting the last laugh.
It is bittersweet for me and many Marlins fans I'm sure. We're very happy for Cody and wish him the best. The downside is that his great postseason performances are showing the entire baseball world what fools we are. Also it has basically erased any chance the Marlins could swoop in and reacquire him. Well let's be honest, there probably isn't any circumstance the Fish would try to bring him back. They are content with taking all their young talent and making them play left field for the first time ever (see Coghlan, Chris and Morrison, Logan).
Let's not dwell on that. Instead let's reminisce why Cody was and is so great.
- Youthful enthusiasm
- Tough as nails
- Great nickname (Toy Cannon, or anything involving "Boss")
- Easily chant-able name (CO-DY, CO-DY!)
- Consistent producer at the plate
- Can play all three outfield positions, above average
- This incredible walk-off home run in 2008 (Warning: clip surprisingly features too much cowbell)