(Ahh the good old days. Sigh)
No, this isn't another post about how the Yankees should trade Phil or move him to the bullpen or send him to Triple-A or any of that. This is on a much deeper and more personal level than simple baseball strategy. Over a year ago, when I was slightly less mature than I am today, some of you may recall this post introducing my list of official Yankee man crushes. Since that day, the AB4AR Man Crush Hall of Fame has been a staple of the sidebar of this site, if you scroll down far enough to find it. Phil Hughes was part of the first class elected into the Man Crush HOF, mainly because he was the first prospect I really followed closely through the system. Inclusion the AB4AR Man Crush HOF is supposed to be a lifetime award, but after the last 1.5-2 years of subpar performances from Hughes, my feelings have changed. I've been trying to fight it for a while now, but I just can't lie to myself anymore. Phil, I think it would be for the best if I officially uncrushed you, removed you from the Man Crush HOF, and we both went our separate ways.