You Stay Classy, Brian Sabean!

4 06 2011

In case you missed it, SF Giants catcher Buster Posey had his season ended via leg injury after taking a hard collision at the plate from Scott Cousins of the Florida Marlins. If you can find a replay of the collision, it looks like a run-of-the-mill home plate collision; something that is a legal move in Major League Baseball. Unfortunately for Buster, he ended up injured and out for the rest of the season. One would think, “Hey, its part of the game, and it happens.” But I know one man who thinks otherwise. Since the injury, Cousins has contacted Posey, to no avail, but has apologized both publicly and to the Posey family. So this should be behind us, right? Wrong.

Giants GM Brian Sabean had some choice words for Scott Cousins on the radio in San Francisco, calling the collision “malicious” and adding “If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy.” Add that onto the fact that Cousins has been receiving death threats for his “malicious” play at the plate, and we’ve got a world-class instigator in Mr. Sabean.

Hey… Brian… I may not have a lick of major league experience… But last I checked, you don’t have a lick of experience either. Do you know what its like to be in that situation? Do you know what goes on in the heads of both the runner and catcher? You sure talk like you do. Can you look directly into the lens of a camera, instead of hiding behind the microphone, and tell us all that Scott Cousins had it set in his mind to injure Buster Posey? Injuries happen. The right thing to do would have been to tend to your own player, and let the two of them “man up”, like Cousins has been trying to do. Instead, you look like the same irresponsible buffoon who, according to that controversial investigation, knew he had a ‘user’ on his team and kept his mouth shut so he could keep the cash flow running thanks to Señor Shrinky Balls.

The most recent ‘official statement’ reads: “Brian has been in contact with Larry Beinfest… to assure him that there is no ill will toward the player.”

lolwut!? Did you not hear what you said on the radio as you said it? The guy is receiving death threats, and what you said shows no ‘ill will’? How in the world did you become a major league GM with that kind of etiquette? Either way, you’ve got a lot of apologizing to do, and you need to start with Cousins. Sorry, Giants fans, he’s all yours. Minaya might have been a mental case when it came to controlling in-house antics, but he was very careful with his GM-to-player public statements.

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Terry Got Trolled

2 06 2011

What’s that, Terry?… Angry? Upset? Confused? You shouldn’t be. Nobody around the organization should be. Why? Because your team is… (pause for a quick informational break)

The Mets are clearly okay with being super awful during or after the 7th inning, and last night’s loss to the Pirates made that perfectly clear. Although, a certain Mr. Terry Collins doesn’t seem to be on board with the whole “Hey guys! Let’s just play Single-A ball now. I gotta get home in time for storytime” thing. As a matter of fact, he shouldn’t be on board with that, and I’m glad he isn’t. But last night’s ‘rant’ to reporters after the game struck an odd chord. It was a lot of the same story, and I’d like to break down some of the “Oh No You Di’int!” points:

“I’m running out of ideas here”

Oh boy… um… Terry… Don’t ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever say that. /nails the coffin shut

“I’m ringing the rag dry, coming in here, having to look at you guys looking at me like I’m a stinking fool”

Ammunition for the trolls… I mean… Awesome Sports Writers of New York City!

“We just can’t continue to make foolish mistakes. They’re big-league players. They should be able to do it.

I don’t know, Terry… I see a lot of Bison on that field… /grabs a fork and knife

These are just some of the “things you probably shouldn’t tell a reporter” things, but I happen to agree with a lot of what Terry says in his post-game rant. Baseball is a team game, and if the team can’t play together, you don’t win. If you’re given the chance to play at the major league level, then you’d better play like you belong. I get it. I agree with it. What I don’t agree with, however, is his sudden notion to not to not point fingers at certain players at all. When Daniel Murphy makes a few fundamentally awkward plays that end up costing the team a few runs, you point that out. When your outfielders misjudge a fairly simple fly ball to have it bounce off of their glove, you point that out. But why keep that ‘in the clubhouse”? Why is it such a bad thing to say exactly what it is that fans think about those players? Why the coddling? These guys make far too much money to have to worry about getting their feelings hurt. They’re paid to play a game and be successful at it, not throw a tantrum over how they had their feelings hurt. By all means, call them out. Don’t let their mistakes go.

(end of informational break)

…. in transition and not currently built to win! /pulls up in a Wahmbulance








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