Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Who's #2?

Dick Kaegel put his incomparable sleuthing skills to work:
The new shortstop, Alcides Escobar, takes over 2. Other newcomers and their numbers include Jeff Francis, 26; Vin Mazzaro, 32; Melky Cabrera, 53, and Jeff Francoeur, 21. Lorenzo Cain, the center fielder who came in the Zack Greinke deal, gets 6 and he's already been warned by its former owner, Willie Wilson, that he expects a lot.
Well sure, Wilson's #6 should be worn by a speedy centerfielder. I mean that's a no brainer, right? Cain, though, isn't the only one assuming the number and position of a Royals Hall of Famer. Freddie Patek wore #2 way back in the 70's and remains the best shortstop in team history. Escobar wearing Patek's number, and Cain wearing Wilson's for that matter, just seems appropriate. Any link, no matter how small, to the Royals glory days always puts a smile on my face.

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