After the Yankees won the World Series the other night, I laughed as a mentioned to my roommate that Nick Swisher will now own a World Series ring. We both laughed about how shitty Swisher is at anything other than taking pitches in hope of drawing a walk eventually (eat your heart out, Billy Beane!).
Since that moment, I have been thinking about how lots of other poor starting players there have been over the years on winning World Series teams. And to think that Hall of Famers like Tony Gwynn (the best hitter of the 90's) and Jim Rice (arguably one of the best power hitters of the 70's) never had the chance to secure a ring. Or the long list of Cubs Hall of Famers like Ernie Banks and Ryne Sandberg who never even got to sniff the possibility of a ring. Quite unfair.
I have gone through the winners of the previous five years to see some of the starting players who had the great fortune of being able to win a World Series despite their lack of baseball ability. And just to rub it in the faces of all of those Hall of Famers without rings, here is a list of guys who do have rings:
Preston Wilson and Ronnie Belliard. Together, they revolutionized and the wearing of doo rags in baseball. They both started for the Cardinals in their '06 WS run. I still can't believe that we pulled that off.
Adam Eaton. Despite his best efforts during the '08 season to keep the Phillies out of the playoffs with his 5.80 ERA and 1.64 WHIP, he was still given a ring.
Jeff Weaver. The jury is still out on whether the ring actually went to The Dream Weaver or his cannabis plants.
Carl Everett. Jesus Christ prevailed in the name of Carl so that he could beat all of the homosexuals on the Houston Astros.
Any non-pitcher on the '04 Boston Red Sox team. Pokey Reese, Mark Bellhorn, Gabe Kapler, Kevin Millar, Bill Mueller. I forgot that this team was really not that good. Now I remember why I was so depressed about the Cardinals getting swept that year.
I hope this post makes you feel better, Mr. Cub. You may need a double whiskey on the rocks now. Sorry.