Sooo I'm going to order my new A's jersey soon. I'm going white, authentic, and I think I'm going to go with a CoolBase jersey just because they're kind of cool (unless anyone has had a problem with them?)
The question is... who do I want on the back? And I do want someone on the back, I just don't know what direction to go in.
From a list of 6 players, which I then whittled down to 3, which I then whittled down to 2, I am left with a choice between Rich Harden and Daric Barton.
Harden - I've been a huge fan of his since he entered the big leagues. I've got a couple autographs and a picture with the guy. He's Canadian, he's an A, and he's a fantastic pitcher - if he's healthy, which is a big if.
Barton - He's young and he'll be here for awhile, and I've got his autograph too. I got to be at his first major league game, and witnessed his first hit. And I'd be one of the first people to get a Barton jersey.
The question is, who do I go with?
Harden has the risk of being injured forever and maybe being traded because the A's see his contract as huge for a guy who never pitches... and pending his situation, may never will.
As for Barton, it's a bit of a risk because he only had a fantastic month. He could tank it in spring training, get cut, play badly in the minors, and never play another game in the big leagues. It's unlikely, but it scares me.
So... which one do you go with? It's not the end of the world if the worst comes to worst with either player - I know the means of getting the jersey re-crested, and I work at a jersey store so it's convenient and I know how it works - and I get a discount.
I just want it to go well.