By: Michael Harrison – Toronto Blue Jays Way
I don’t know who is worse at producing quality work; Lyle Overbay, or me. At least I have an excuse because I’m still fighting a nasty sickness, but what’s Overbay’s reason for sucking? This guy simply just doesn’t seem to care about being a decent major league baseball player any more. He used to at least have good defense to fall back on, but his gaffe today coupled with his already horrendous batting average is the final straw for me. To be honest, I’m surprised the straw had not already been broken long ago.
Even though Ricky Romero fashioned another amazing performance with only 1 run allowed through 8, the Jays were down 1-0 heading into the 9th. That’s when Overbay decided to destroy any hope Toronto had of coming back. With a runner on 2nd, Overbay allowed a Kendry Morales grounder to go right through the wickets, allowing an insurance run to score. That botched play was the difference in the contest because Morales also later came in to count. Had Overbay not had the big time gaffe, Adam Lind’s solo shot in the bottom of the 9th would’ve knotted the game at 1. Thanks Overbay.
The mostly sure handed Overbay is accustomed to being known for his pathetic bat, not his poor defensive exploits. One day after snapping an 0 for 18 slump, he went 0 for 3, dropping his average to .080. He’s not even averaging one hit in ten at bats! Are you freaking kidding me? This guy is a joke. Cito Gaston’s loyalty knows no bounds, which is commendable to a point, but it’s time to give Randy Ruiz more action at the expense of the paltry Overbay.
It’s pretty obvious John Olerud would be a better first baseman than Lyle Overbay right now.