First and foremost, no post such as that can begin with anything other than the big fight the other night between Rougned Odor and Jose Batista. We know all about Batista's history and his arrogance towards the game. Odor is the prized young second basemen of the Texas Rangers. Batista played the entire series expecting to get hit, and he finally did. So then on his slide into second base, he decides to get his own personal revenge, even though he is the one who started this whole thing with the bat flip last year in the postseason. He took a nasty slide on Odor, who naturally took it personally. When Batista got up, Odor threw the first punch, and everything went downhill from there as both benches cleared. I believe that Odor takes a little bit of the blame here. He should not have overreacted. Instead, he should have let the replay sort it all out, and then Batista would get called out like he did against Tampa Bay earlier this season, as well as thrown out since the game wasn't over. Most of the blame goes to Batista. If he is reading this, I have a question for him. What the heck is your problem dude? Your overenthusiastic arrogance, your bat flipping, taunting, contract demands. What is your problem? What did baseball, your team, and anyone else for that matter ever do to set you off like this?
Sandoval's Belt Snapping Nightmare
Then we have the nightmare that became the Pablo Sandoval situation in Boston. In the 2014/2015 off season, the Red Sox signed Sandoval to five year, 95 million dollar deal as a free agent, thinking he was the answer at third base. Well, that turned out to not be the case, at all. Sandoval, who's weight issues have always been a concern, got fatter and fatter since signing that big fat contract. Yes I know, bad pun. The situation got so bad that to begin the season, Sandoval lost his job to Travis Shaw in Spring Training. Sandoval began the season on the bench, and was not happy about it. His play worsened and he even had an embarrassing moment this season where his belt snapped during an at bat. The Red Sox placed Sandoval on season ending disabled list, claiming a shoulder injury. My take on this is that Sandoval is the Albert Haynesworth of Major League Baseball. He likes what baseball provides for him, but he doesn't want to put in the work to be a great player. Sandoval's contract is going to be a burden for the Red Sox until it expires in 2019, unless they can somehow find a taker.
Stubborn Lincecum Falling ApartNext up, we have Tim Lincecum. Last week, Lincecum signed a major league contract with the Los Angeles Angels. Lincecum used to be one of the best starting pitchers in the game. His career went exactly as we thought it would, spectacular, but extremely short. We knew he would be great, but we knew his body was going to break quickly, and it did. Throughout his current comeback attempt, the freak has insisted on continuing to start. However, most teams want him in the bullpen. He found someone desperate enough to give into his demands in the Angels. I think he will fail, and if he wants his career to continue, he is going to have to get it through that thick stubborn head of his that guys his size don't start. They don't even close. They pitch in setup roles. The Brewers own Tyler Thornburg figured that out, and is going to have a nice long career as a relief pitcher as a result.
This is why the St. Louis Cardinals are the St. Louis Cardinals. Everyone in the world is acting like the sky is falling and Armageddon is coming the “Gateway to the West”. The Cardinals are 20-19, and right in it so far, despite everything going wrong that can go wrong. Everybody's favorite ballplayer, Yadier Molina is not hitting, the Cardinals young starters are getting torn to shreds, and Matt Holiday is regressing fast. Well, the Cardinals will figure out. They always have, they always will. But, that doesn't mean they will make the playoffs in the top-heavy National League.