Eric Hinske Is Owning the Bronx, and This Red Sox Fan Is Hating It

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Eric Hinske Is Owning the Bronx, and This Red Sox Fan Is Hating It
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"Oh crap."

Those were the first words that I spoke after reading that my favorite player, Eric Hinske, had been traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates (my second favorite team) to my least favorite team, the New York Yankees.

Hinske became my favorite player when he proved that he wasn't all about the dollar signs during his one and a half year tenure with my favorite team, the Boston Red Sox.

Hinske has four hits in four games, but three of those hits have been home runs, including a two-homer game against the LA Angels.

Hinske played the 2008 season with the Tampa Bay Rays as a backup and belted 20 homers. In Hinske's time with Boston, (half a season in 2006 and a full season in 2007, as a backup) Hinske had just seven home runs in his two seasons combined.

After Hinske's one season in Tampa Bay, he signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played in 54 games with Pittsburgh, hitting just one home run.

His erratic power numbers are what caused Hinske's original team, the Toronto Blue Jays, to trade him to Boston in the first place.

Hinske won the 2002 Rookie of the Year Award, hitting .279 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI. However, in Hinske's remaining seasons with Toronto, his highest average was just .262 in 2005. His highest power numbers were 15 homers and 69 RBI.

His erratic power numbers are likely the reason why the Red Sox failed to resign him in the first place. In Tampa and now in the Bronx, Hinske is hitting the stuffing out of the ball.

And to think, Hinske could've been the Red Sox most valuable subsitute.

Because right now, Hinske seems better than Mark Kotsay and Rocco Baldelli.

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