Johnny Cash once sang a classic tune titled A Boy Named Sue. Sue might seem like a terribly gay name for a boy, and in fact it is, but it could be worse. Your name could be Jeffrey Guy Conine. Who in their right mind would name a baby boy "Guy". That's real fricken original, how long did it take the parents to think of that one? Probably only a few seconds following birth because they saw the tell-tale sign of maleness...a penis! At least Sue for a boy gives the kid some character and isn't so generic.
We might be seeing a lot of Jeff Conine next season in Phillies pinstripes and that scares me. I only want to see him on the bench with limited starts in the outfield while being the first pinch hitting option. By my quick calculation that's only about 150 at bats. However, if Burrell or Rowand are traded we could be easily looking at much more playing time for the 40-year-old and that's not a good thing offensively or defensively. Don't get me wrong, I liked the trade for Conine, still like the trade, and am glad to have him on the team next year. As I stated above, if he's on the bench, then he's a top-notch bench player. As a starter, he leaves much to be desired. His OPS has steadily decreased the past 4 seasons, as is the trend for aging players. I actually have nothing against Conine, I just hope he doesn't rack up anywhere close to 300+ at bats, because if he does, that means the club will be having a drop-off in production from the previous season.
Check out Conine's wife, Cindy, in the red dress. Anybody know who the black dude in the picture is? I have no idea, possibly a member of Conine's entourage.
"My daddy left home when I was three. And he didn't leave much to Ma and me. Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze. Now, I don't blame him cause he run and hid. But the meanest thing that he ever did. Was before he left, he went and named me Sue."
Gotta love the Man in Black!