There isn't much more I can say that others haven't already written. The departure of Juan Uribe is a painful one, and it's weird saying that after witnessing his first two years of futility with the Dodgers. But, like a neighbor who always stops bye unexpectedly you start to miss the impact a player like Uribe has when he's gone.
They'll be no more Uribear for fans to cheer. Hyun-Jin Ryu won't have the big fellow around to goof on. Yasiel Puig is losing a close confidant in the clubhouse. As Clayton Kershaw said during his recent MVP Award acceptance speech:
“Thank you for making me laugh. You are one of the most important people in our clubhouse.”Important, he was.
|(pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015)|
He was lighthearted and cheerful. Always smiling and an consummate professional on the field.
And now, all I can do is wish him well at his new home.
He has now been officially traded to the Atlanta Braves, and we got a whole bucket of balls for him.
I'm being facetious, of course.
Per a Dodgers press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired infielder Alberto Callaspo, left-handed reliever Ian Thomas, minor league right-handed pitcher Juan Jaime and left-handed pitcher Eric Stults from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for infielder Juan Uribe and right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow, who was on the 60-day disabled list. Callaspo will be in uniform for the Dodgers tonight, wearing No. 5, while Los Angeles optioned Thomas to Triple-A Oklahoma City, assigned Jaime to extended Spring Training in Arizona and designated Stults for assignment.I can't really muster up the strength to tell you more about the players we got, and I certainly don't have the time to make some new fantasy cards - maybe in a few days. All I can do right now is share what is my favorite Uribe moment, or series of moments as it were, that I experienced as a fan.
I think what I enjoyed most was Uribe's immense wardrobe of outrageous outfits. He seemed to always be wearing something strange, and I loved seeing photos of them online. Below are a few of my favorites.
|(pic via @Dodgers on twitter)|
|(pic via Enrique Rojas of ESPN on twitter)|
|(pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014)|
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