Eduardo Nunez is tricking everybody into thinking he can actually play, isn't he? He's had a few big hits early in ST, the opportunity is presenting itself for him to get more playing time in the form of Scott Sizemore's late spring start and Brendan Ryan's oblique injury, and come Opening Day he's probably going to be on the roster. I can feel it. I can feel Yankee fans starting to talk themselves into the idea of Nunez as a productive bench player again, and I don't like it one bit.
It would be one thing if this was Nunez's 2nd or 3rd year trying to break into a regular Major League role. I could look past the previous bad defense and overrated hitting performance. But it's the 5th year, without any real indication, statistical or otherwise, that Nunez is improving and I for one am not going to fall for it again. I'm scared to death at the prospect of Ryan's oblique injury lingering into April and May and Nunez assuming the role of Derek Jeter's backup. I fear for the lives of the people sitting field level behind first base and I cringe at the thought of Nunez needing to come up big with the game on the line.
It's not even like he's playing THAT well so far either. He's only 4-17, he hasn't drawn a walk, 3 of his hits came in 1 game, and he's made an error in the field. But I've seen a few comments and I can sense the tone in what's being written about him by other writers. People are trying to get on board the Nunez hope train again and that's not a good thing. You won't like where it goes.