Welcome back Alfonso Soriano!
As New York Yankees fans couldn’t be happier to have Soriano back in the Bronx again.
Soriano still strikes out like you read about with 21 in his 66 total at-bats in pinstripes. This explains why he is posting a .258 batting average.
But I think it is safe to say that Yankees fans are elated to have Soriano back on the team.
The Yankees are currently riding a four game winning streak, and are looking like their old selves again.
The pressure is on because at this point winning is mandatory if the Yankees plan to be playing baseball come October.
Trading for Soriano could be the difference maker if the Yankees can just get into the postseason with a Wild Card berth.
Now whom should you thank for bringing back a Yankees fan favorite, and undeniably offensive machine?
Yankees GM Brian Cashman?
No, he was against it completely.
No. But if Soriano was totally unproductive thus far, you can bet A-Rod would be tied to his lack of production somehow.
If you answered YES, ding…ding…ding…ding; you are correct.
The order to get the trade done came from the top. As inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner demanded that Cashman get Soriano back to the Bronx ASAP.
The NY Post reported that Cashman didn’t want to give Single-A pitcher Corey Black to the Cubs in the deal.
Cashman told the NYP’s Joel Sherman the following:
“I would say we are in a desperate time. Ownership wants to go for it. I didn’t want to give up a young arm [Corey Black]. But I understand the desperate need we have for offense. And Soriano will help us. The bottom line is this guy makes us better. Did ownership want him? Absolutely, yes. Does he make us better? Absolutely, yes. This is what Hal wants, and this is why we are doing it.”
Well, I guess this confirms that Hal was not adopted as demanding is a trait he definitely got from his father.
The biggest distinction between the Boss and his youngest son is that daddy was a diehard baseball fan first.
Hal is more interested in the business before the baseball.
This is another reminder that Hal is the son George, and that means winning will come second only to breathing for him too.
I will leave you with some Yankees fans tweets about how they feel the return of Alfonso Soriano:
Well, Soriano doesn't look comfortable back in the pinstripes….NOT!
— Justin (@DoublePlay_J18) August 15, 2013
Alfonso Soriano has so much in-game swag it's disgusting.
— Evan Czarnomski (@Czarnomski37) August 15, 2013
Alfonso Soriano is a fucking beast
— Jordan Sagmoen (@JSagmoen) August 15, 2013
Alfonso Soriano is completely murdering the baseball
— Kevin Lamp (@KLamp6) August 15, 2013
— #New York (@hashNewYork) August 15, 2013
Soriano is trying to turn NY's season around by himself.
— JC04 (@Jcalvert04) August 15, 2013
So for everybody that say Alfonso Soriano is bad..I want to see you drive in 13 runs in 2 games please. #onlygoodyankee
— Riley Shaffrey (@r_shaffrey) August 15, 2013
— KING CAIRO (@T_RAWW_IAM) August 15, 2013
Alfonso Soriano is what the @Yankees needed
— Angel Merejo (@notanotheangel) August 15, 2013
The acquisition of Alfonso Soriano has proven to be a pleasant surprise for the Yankees. He's added that much needed big bat in the lineup.
— Zach Zaaza (@ZachZaaza) August 15, 2013
— Kate Conroy (@LadyLovesPins) August 14, 2013