Thursday, March 31, 2005
The One-Way Mirror
But instead of calling up Crosby, their former first-round pick, the Dodgers signed Henderson, who was 44 years old. Henderson batted .208. The Dodgers traded Crosby to the Yankees for Robin Ventura two weeks later, when he was batting .361 at Class AAA.Which, of course, obscures the simple facts, well known to Dodger fans:
"Even though Rickey Henderson is one of the greatest baseball players ever, it was still, to me, kind of a slap in my face that I didn't get an opportunity," Crosby said. "I was a Dodger, and in that organization, that's all they talk about - breeding young talent, moving through the organization. It was kind of like, what else do I need to do?"
Crosby never expected the Yankees, of all teams, to offer him a chance at the majors. He had a few days of service with Los Angeles, but it was nothing like last season, when he spent nearly every day with the Yankees. This week, he made their opening-day roster for the second year in a row.
- His .083/.083/.083 line in 2003 (12 AB) didn't exactly make a "hey, I need to be on this team" statement.
- While toiling for AAA Las Vegas, he hit in one of the most hitter-friendly parks in a very hitter-friendly league.