Friday random jealousy
From Jerry Crasnick’s ESPN chat:
Jacob (Brooklyn): U.S.S. Mariner will revolt if they trade Ichiro. They can’t do that.
Jerry Crasnick: (12:23 PM ET ) Jacob, Heck, at this point, maybe the club should just hire the staff of the USS Mariner blog and let them make all the roster moves for a year. I’d be all for it.
Hee hee hee. Thanks, Jerry.
Jay wrote us to point out Ken Rosenthal says the Japanese players are resented. Wheeeeeeeee, good to see the clubhouse turning on the one fielder making the greatest overall contribution. Why can’t the team pick on overpaid, useless players like Vidro, or Silva, or Washburn, or… you get the point.
Larry Stone, covering for Baker on the Times blog, files a long report on McLaren’s farewell comments in which McLaren confirms clubhouse issues
“I think we have a good group of guys. I think there’s a little tension and friction in there, a little jealousy. That’s for those guys to work out on their own. We (the coaching staff) tried to, and we weren’t very successful. I think they have to do that on their own.
The jealousy bit present in both pieces is interesting. We’ll see how that plays out, but while I can understand players looking at, say, Johjima’s extension with incomprehension, Ichiro’s contract is the least of the team’s problems. This reminds me of Texas blaming Alex’s contract while Chan Park and the rest of their free agent mistakes escaped notice.
What’s tonight’s lineup going to look like? I can’t remember the last time I was this curious about who would play where and bat in what order.