Meet Your New Nats: Tony Womack
For whatever reason (possibly related to his career .317 OBP), the signing of Tony Womack did not bring joy to the land of Nats bloggers. Capitol Punishment uses 26 question marks to discuss the move. Federal Baseball notes that "while Womack is a pretty bad baseball player, at least he can hook up with a pretty bad baseball team. So there's some symmetry there." The Beltway Boys predict that he will be "this year's version of Marlon Anderson" (that's not a good thing). Nationals Enquirer posits that Womack will "be a prime candidate for the essential position of BGWMFA: "Bench Guy Who Makes Fans Angry."
All of which makes me think that this would be an appropriate time to take a look at this dated petition from Yankees fans concerning Tony Womack. While the petition only got 654 signatures, including some from Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, George Costanza, Karim Garcia, Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest, I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest that maybe he wasn't a fan favorite in the Bronx:
To: George Steinbrenner, Owner, New York Yankees Baseball Club; Brian Cashman, General Manager New York Yankees Baseball Club; Joe Torre, Field Manager, New York Yankees Baseball Club
We, the undersigned baseball fans, hereby request that Anthony Darrell "Tony" Womack be immediately removed from the lineup of the New York Yankees Baseball Club of the American League, and be either limited to pinch-running or traded to another Baseball Club, preferably in the Yankees' own division, for anything the other team may offer, including, but not limited to, inanimate objects that may or may not be related to the playing of baseball games or the maintenance of baseball fields (example: bags of baseball, bats, or manure), and that he be replaced in left field and the lineup by a player who gets on base and hits for power at an acceptable level.
In happier news, check out this Womack quote from the NY Daily News last Spring, concerning his stint with the Yanks, who he claimed "held me back."
When the Yanks struggled last season, GM Brian Cashman and Joe Torre tried to shake things up by moving Womack from second base to the outfield and calling up Cano; Womack didn't last long as an everyday outfielder and ended up as a pinch-runner. He hit .249 while appearing in 108 games.
"The only thing that makes me mad is it messes up my baseball card," Womack said. "I was consistent for a long time and then that comes up. It was a learning experience for me. I'm a stronger person. I had to be. I had to bite my tongue a lot. I had to keep myself going and make sure I got my work in."
Messes up his baseball card. Awesome.
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