What Would You Say You Do Here?
One of my favorite movies is Mike Judge’s Office Space. If you’re familiar with the film, you’re probably familiar with the scene in which a cubicle drone is forced to interview for his own job with two “consultants” that are both named Bob.
I’ve included the clip below (apologies for the mild language and somewhat poor quality):
Every time I see this scene it makes me think of Michael Young.
While Young has done a lot for this team over the years, his value has dipped to the point that most of his defenders have to cite his leadership and other intangibles when trying to defend him.
I’ve taken the liberty of rewriting the above scene with a bit of a MY twist.
Bob: So, you play sort of a super utility role for the team? You play a bunch of different positions?
MY: Uh, yeah…yes, yes…that’s right.
Bob: Well, then, I just have to ask, why couldn’t the team find a more traditional utility player to fill that role?
MY: Well, I—I’ll tell you why. … Uh, because I’ve also got leadership. Some guys are not good at dealing with the media.
Bob: Uh-huh, so, your leadership translates into on-field success?
MY: Well…no. Not in any tangible way.
Bob: Ah, so then you must play all those positions pretty well.
MY: Well…no…I mean, sometimes.
Bob: What, what would you say you do here?
MY: Look, I already told you. I deal with the media so the other guys don’t have to. I have leadership skills. I am good at dealing with people! Can’t you understand that?!What the hell is wrong with you people?!
Truth is, I don’t hate MY. He’s been around a long time and he’ll be the Rangers’ all-time hits leader regardless of what happens in the coming weeks and months.
The sad reality is that the team hasn’t been very good for most of MY’s career, but time didn’t stop while everyone else caught up. His skills have diminished to the point that he’s probably hurting the team and it may be time for JD to cut ties if he can find someone willing to make a deal.
As sad as it can be to see one of your favorite players go, sometimes it has to happen if you want the team to keep winning.
Press on, Rangers fans.