We might well be waving goodbye to the Iron Giant here in Macondo if Loria Light has his way, but he sure gave us one helluva season on the way out: 59 HR, 132 RBI, 123 R, .281 BA, .632 SLG, and some terrific defense in right field. Everyone who wondered what the guy’s potential could be if he spent an entire season healthy got their answer this year and it was glorious to behold. I was at the game some years back where he famously lined one of his lasers orf the left field auxiliary scoreboard and knocked out a quarter of its pixel screens, and I’ve been on hand to witness some of his other monstrous blasts at Macondo banana Massacre Field bounce orf Tommy, the Budweiser sign and the glass wall about 470 feet from the plate behind the concourse above dead center field. I’ve also seen some of his less well covered one-bounce throws from the deep right field wall to home plate either to nail a runner or scare the living crap out of one.
If he’s gotta go, so be it, but it was a thrill and an honor to watch him these past seven years, and I hope he makes it back to his beloved LA.