Yes, I went there.
I don’t know if it was the fact that nearly everyone knew that Kent was as good as gone after 2002, or that he went to a team like the Astros, but that didn’t hurt nearly as much.
And that’s considering that Jeff Kent was a much bigger player to the Giants than Uribe. Kent was an MVP with the Giants. He made Brian Sabean (Yea, I went there, too). His arrival spurned the first major turnaround for the Giants in the mid-90′s. And he protected Barry Bonds the way no one else in his career did.
Or maybe we were just all too foolish about Edgardo Alfonzo being another Sabean-magic pickup to replace that middle-of-the-order role. No one is that way about Uribe’s replacement: Miguel Tejada.
Yea, that’s probably it.