Ok, I don't literally want Shannon Stewart. I want what Shannon Stewart was for the Twins when they traded for him in mid-2003. I want the guy who fires the team up with his great offense. I want the guy who leads quietly but effectively. I want the guy who brings a winning attitude. I want the guy whose mere presence changes the team's direction toward winner-ville. I want the guy who is the final piece to the World Series puzzle. I want the guy who makes a difference.
Is Orlando Cabrera that guy? I'm trying to remain open-minded, but I'm a bit skeptical. First of all, I didn't think we needed a shortstop. He doesn't seem to be much of an offensive improvement over Brendan Harris, and his defense might be a downgrade.
Secondly, where in the order is he going to hit? We really need someone to bat second, but many of the smart bloggers (you know, all the ones smarter than me -- which would be most of them) are saying that he's not really a two-hole man.
So, with that said, I'll put out the welcome mat for Mr. Cabrera. He says he's excited to come here, so we'll see how it goes. He may just work out ok. I hope so.
All I ask is that he leaves the ugly white shoes back in Oakland.