Elegy for a Cleanup Hitter

Ah, Vinny, I will miss you. But, it was your time. Sure, you’ll like San Diego with its fancy new stadium, and the warm dry summer, but I’ll always remember those hot nights we spent together at RFK. That magical opening game where you almost hit for the cycle, and so many other wonderful moments. No, it’s not that we love Ryan better, though he is younger, faster and better, but it’s that we need pitching. That’s why we traded you for a guy who went 7-15 with an ERA of nearly 5. Sorry dude, but you’re just too good for us. Really, we mean it, it’s not you, it’s us.

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