The popularity arc for Alfonso Soriano is actually like a smile.
Started off SUPER popular.
Then the Cubs didn't win and we all realized this guy couldn't start for most high school teams as a left fielder about the same time we realized just how long and expensive his contract would be.
His popularity went to an all-time low.
Then, he somehow learned to play in the outfield and became sort of a clubhouse leader type with the kids and his bat sort of stopped lurching out at the outside pitch in the dirt.
Popularity back up.
Last year, the Giants would have had him (everything I say about any team wanting him comes with the Cubs still paying most of his salary baggage), but he turned it down because of bad weather.
Now, apparently the Yankees want him.
They're in 4th place in the AL East, 7 games behind Boston.
They need a bat.
They're used to seeing lots of post season play.
And Alfonso did actually say, "I'm 37. I want one more chance to go to the World Series."
But I also read that he wants a couple days to mull it over.
Alfonso, everybody likes you again, but...
ARE YOU NUTS?
Get on a plane, go to New York and try to help the Yankees win a World Series.
The Cubs have kids they want to play and futures to plan, and sorry to say but you're (one of the) odd man out.
I hope he goes, I hope he does well, and gets a ring (although probably not this year).
It was Nate the Great Schierholtz night last night, with some great hitting as the Cubs pull out a 7-6 W over the Diamondbacks in 12 innings.
He drove in 5 with a homer and the winning double in the 12th, and today we find out the Pirates have had their eye on him for "more than a month".
He'll probably be gone soon too, and what a nice team to go to should it be the Pirates.