It's been far too long.
How long? Too long. How too long? Fifteen days too long.
So let's cut out the chitchat and jump right in. It's The Observations, where-have-you-been-all-my-life edition.
So the Yankees drop Brett Gardner from the leadoff spot to ninth, and he reaches base four times. I think this kid has it all backwards.
Not sure how Brad B. Wilkerson got to replace Vernon Wells. Not sure how he got to bat fifth.
Jose B. Reyes has lapped David Wright as most deserving Met not to make the All-Star team.
Ryan Garko's five RBI came about five weeks too late. He's still Fantasy roadkill.
Matt Garza achieved his greatest feat of a breakout season. He made the Indians lineup look good.
When I rub my eyes and squint really hard, I see a .349 mark next to Jerry Hairston's name. No, wait -- that's .349.349. Hmm. Guess it's no trick after all.
Paul Konerko -- 2 good 2 be 4 gotten.
Jim Thome -- already remembered. Check out his stats since the beginning of June. That boy gonna be all right.
Ian Kinsler obviously doesn't like playing second fiddle to Chase Utley, and I'm not sure he does by much anymore.
I'd get excited over Troy Glaus' three hits in two games, but the All-Star break will crush his momentum and reset his streak gauge to factory default. Just you wait.
I never thought I'd say this, but Adam A. LaRoche needs to calm down.
Nate McLouth makes me sorry I ever doubted him.
Ryan Ludwick makes me wish I always doubted him. One three-hit game doesn't make up for six weeks of struggles.
Todd Wellemeyer has a 5.48 ERA over his last four starts. The world makes sense again.
No pitcher makes me feel more stupid than Wandy Rodriguez. Don't play matchups with him unless you want to get burned.
Jorge Cantu has two times as many home runs as Matt Kemp and nine times as many as Andruw Jones. Someone knock some Todd Wellemeyer into him.
With a 2.84 ERA over his last 13 starts, Ricky Nolasco might rival Justin Duchscherer for quietest rise to Fantasy acedom.
That's all for now.