Bizarre Hate Triangle: My Take On Beltre-Franklin-Price
After Adrian Beltre, ahem, straightened Ryan Franklin’s collar tonight, Mike Hargrove acted quickly.
The manager informed us that Franklin’s frustration resulted in cross words with pitching coach Bryan Price, who told the hurler to relax. Franklin’s response, according to Hargrove, was “I just bleeping care.” Moreover, he assured the media, the incident was mere piffle, a tempest in a teacup.
Hargrove’s explanation — that it was a minor altercation at best — reminds me of when a Karl Malone elbow knocked out one or two of Brian Grant’s teeth during the NBA playoffs.
Grant, a peace-loving man that you nevertheless wouldn’t want to mess with, got right up in the Mailman’s mush. Malone said nothing as Grant spoke offered some spirited discourse his way.
Reporters asked Grant what he said, and The Rasta Monsta (one of my favorite NBA people) just smiled, and then said “You know, I heard he likes to go fishing. So I just told him, hey, you and me should get together in the offseason and go fishin’.”
This was clearly, in Colonel Potter parlance, horsepucky.
But he kind of had to say something like that. He wasn’t going to tell the real story. Neither is Hargrove. He’s going to tell us there’s no beef between Beltre and Franklin, and that Beltre was barely involved.
I believe him that Beltre was sticking up for Price. But I think Beltre probably did a little more than ask Franklin to take him fishing back in Spiro.
Well, maybe fishing in the Fredo Corleone sense.