My family has had a running joke for years now that has led me to the conclusion that Mark Trumbo is indeed a shark. We caution people to NEVER say that a shark cannot do something because the moment you say it, scientists will find a breed somewhere that can do exactly what it is they previously thought sharks could not do. For example, they said sharks couldn't breach the water like whales, then they caught some great whites on tape. They also used to say sharks couldn't sleep lying still, and that they couldn't swim in fresh water. Them freakish jumbo-guppies sure showed us, huh? So kids, if you dare to say a shark can't climb your tree house ladder and steal your s'mores, don't say I didn't warn you.
Some of you have already caught on, but others I've got to reel in. When they said Mark Trumbo's skill set would not translate to the majors, he finished 2nd in Rookie of the Year votes (should've been 1st because they should have separate awards for rookie pitchers and rookie hitters IMHO). When they said he wouldn't be able to repeat the success of his rookie season, he started his 2012 sophomore campaign leading the team in BA, OBP, HR, H, and 2B. When they said he was too free of a swinger, he learned plate discipline, tied for 2nd on the team in BB. When they assumed he was a one dimensional, dead-pull slugger, he learned how to hit the other way. When they said he couldn't play third base...umm...let's leave that one as inconclusive. Anyway, the evidence is overwhelming. Ladies and gentlemen, Mark Trumbo is a shark. If you dare to say he can't hit a home run to North Korea and bop Kim Jong-un on the noggin, don't say I didn't warn you.
P.S. I know this isn't a very heady post that doesn't spark much heated debate, but I felt it was an appropriate way to honor Trumbo after the tremendous walk-off HR last night to keep the Angels rolling. And so I ask you, is there such thing as a panther shark? There is now!