Juan Uribe has been a pretty fun story this year, as I’ve written about several times, since he’s gone from “horrendous sub-replacement player” to “actually not a bad option at third base, believe it or not,” mixing elite-or-close-to-it defense with surprisingly decent offense.
Still, when I saw this tweet from the great Jeff Sullivan…
Juan Uribe is tied in WAR with the Astros
— Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) September 27, 2013
…it knocked me right off my chair. Is that true? Could it be? And if so, it’s probably just the hitters, right?
Nope. It’s true. And it’s every single Astro who has played this year. Or, put another way:
There’s an obvious larger point to be made here about how atrocious the Astros are and how there’s dozens of players like Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen and so on who can also say they’re better than the entire Houston team — in some cases, considerably so. I get that. But the thing is, most of those guys are stars. To say that for most of those guys, it’s a funny commentary on how bad Houston is, and you move on.
But this Uribe we’re talking about, the man who briefly rivaled Andruw Jones for the most hated financial bust in recent Dodger history. (Brandon League, please pick up the white courtesy phone…) This was a guy buried on the bench for months last year. A guy we all insisted couldn’t possibly still be on the team in 2013, who couldn’t beat out Luis Cruz for a starting job out of camp… and who is now our favorite Uribear, doing things like “being better than the entire Astros team,” even with all the caveats that brings. Of all the insanity we’ve witnessed this season, from Puig-mania to worst-to-first to “greatest winning streak in decades,” I’m not sure anything tops this.
Love you, Juan.