Ever since this offseason began, I've been writing this post in my head.
I knew since the moment the Dodgers defeated the Cards in the Division Series that my greatest man crush ever was over. As you may have heard yesterday, Rick Ankiel signed with the Kansas City Royals. And if you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably immediately thought of me when you heard this news. I'm glad that you think so highly of me.
Even though I have been trying to think about what I would write when the moment of Rick's departure would happen, I really don't have much to say. When you know that something is so inevitable, you tend to over prepare for it, well, unless you are the Cubs of 2009 convincing yourselves that Milton Bradley will work out.
And to be honest, I'm not really that sad about Rick leaving. Yeah, my favorite player is no longer on my favorite team. But the bonus is that I can possibly buy a sick powder blue Royals jersey!
But in all seriousness, this is kind of what happens in today's day and age of the baseball business. Players move around more often than they used to, and to fall in love with a player on a team is dumb. Yes, Rick Ankiel is still awesome, and I'll still cheer for him (and overpay for him in my fantasy baseball draft), but it will be okay. Plus, Colby Rasmus is pretty good, which makes this transition a little easier.
... and the possibility of Jim Edmonds coming back.
Anyways, good bye, Rick. Good luck in KC, 'cause you will need it. I will miss you since nothing compares to you.