â†µWell, at least a few Mariners fans cared about this exact trade, and they managed to care about it a few days before it happened. Dave Cameron from USS Mariner, for example, explicitly requested a trade for the 29-year old Langerhans last Monday, a 546-word argument ending with a three-word coda: "Ryan Langerhans please." (Cameron had actually recommended the Mariners pick up Langerhans as a free agent back in November, calling him "the kind of guy you can get for practically nothing;" the team somehow failed to follow his advice.) â†µâ†µ
â†µThen came the spookier part. Two days later after Cameron made his case, Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik (pictured) conducted an online chat with fans -- co-sponsored by the very same USS Mariner -- which was visited by two wise online souls named booxa and adbrenner, who were possibly Buster Olney and Ken Rosenthal in disguise: â†µâ†µ
â†µâ‡¥booxa: We need more LH bats. Have you looked at Ryan Langerhans, currently in the Nats' organization?â†µ
â†µâ‡¥Jack_Zduriencik: Good suggestion.... â†µâ‡¥
â†µâ‡¥adbrenner: Can you speak specifically to what is holding back Mike Morse from progressing to the Major league level?
â†µâ‡¥Jack_Zduriencik: We've been very pleased with Michael and what he's done in Triple-A. Like every player, he needs a break and opportunity. â†µ
â†µMorse needed a break. Langerhans offered a lefty bat. Four days later, all the dots were connected, and the deal was done. â†µâ†µ
â†µSo who, exactly, was this eerily in-the-know booxa? A front-office staffer who had been informed the deal was done and was trying to draw a laugh from his boss? Zduriencik himself, going meta on the sports blogging universe? Or just an impossibly well-read fan like Cameron who was convinced this journeyman outfielder was the answer for a middling AL West franchise? â†µâ†µ
â†µWhichever it was, I'm tending to doubt that Zduriencik actually got the idea for this trade from the online musings of the anonymous. But if you're, say, a Knicks fan with a strong desire to see Ricky Rubio suiting up in the Garden, you might want to get booxa on the case. â†µâ†µ
â†µ(H/T to The World of Isaac) â†µâ†µ
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