Nothing says denial like reshaping some images to fit your fancy. See! Casey Hampton isn't overweight! Now Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady...those bums were overweight. Glad we traded them.
By now every knows about the departure of Nady and Marte, although it took a solid 24 hours this weekend to figure out what exactly was headed to Pittsburgh in return. Buster Olney killed us at first, and it seems that the popular opinion is similar. I don't follow the minors as well as our other writers, so I will defer to them. What I do know, however, is that Dejan Kovacevic is giving Pirates fans some really unique insights at his new blog over the Post-Gazette. Scroll through and you will find some gems about what Nady was saying to him throughout the whole process. I stand by my continuing statement that I would like to see Dejan be our GM.
As for the Casey Hampton story that just broke this evening...well, Casey is fat. We all knew this. I hope you like this picture, cause EVERY SINGLE BLOG is going to be running it within 24 hours. I intend to do the opposite and shrink every picture of Casey so that he feels better about himself when he looks at his own Google Images page. The conspiracy theorist in me says that this is the start of a seismic shift away from the Cowher 3-4 to the new Tomlin 4-3. The rational fan will say that this is Mike Tomlin "sending a message". We all, naturally, await The Stache's take.
So for now, it is goodbye to Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady, and shape up or ship out to Casey Hampton. In Hampton's case, he is too good to be held out of the loop for very long. Nady? He will never play better than he is playing right now, plus he's injury prone - not a brutal loss. But Marte...who knows. If there is one thing I feel queasy about from the weekend, it is thinking that none of the pitchers we receiverd in return have anything close to the "stuff" Marte has, their ability to start games be damned.