Lost in the Mark Teixeira hoopla was the DFA-ing of David Shelley Duncan. No, Shelley wasn’t a superstar on the Yankees or even a medium-sized star, but he was famous for nearly ripping off the arms of his teammates whenever he high-fived them.
Called up from the minors in July ’07, he hit three homers in his first three games and became an instant cult hero. “Shel-ley! Shel-ley!” Everybody loved him.
In spring training of ’08, he competed with Giambi, Betemit and Ensberg for the first base job – and lost. Which didn’t say much for his defensive skills.
Shelley did draw attention for his high-spikes slide into the thigh of the Rays’ Aki Iwamura.
But that was about it. After seeing very little playing time, he was sent back down to Scranton. And now he’s been dumped to make room on the roster for Teixeira. The good news is the Yankees have a real first baseman now. The bad news is we won’t have Shelley.
Goodbye, Shell, you crazy lunkhead. I hope you land with the Cardinals, where your dad is the pitching coach, and that baseball will always be “the funest part” of your life. (See video for Shelley’s special way with words.)