Re: What do you miss about Wakefield?
posted at 3/30/2013 11:52 AM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to SinceYaz's comment:
I miss the spirit of a teammate that says, "I'll do whatever you want to help the team win."
I miss the spirit of a man who says, "OK, I'll play for the same amount today as the last several years, just as long as I can pitch and help." No need to negotiate a contract,a handshake and a verbal understanding was accepted as SOP. I miss his willingness in a world filled to the rafters with legal wording and agents who "sought the best" for their client, that Wake said, in action, dollars and sense, that the team came first.
Well put, and from the "union slug" basher, you'd think he'd respect Wake's choice of not having an agent. Wake played many seasons at less money than his numbers demanded.
One continuing softy rant was that no team kept a 5+ ERA guy around for long, and that the minors were full of pitchers that could easily pitch below a 5.00 ERA- plus could be plucked easily from other team's rosters. I provided a list if 40+ MLB SPs that all had an ERA over 5.00 and 10+ starts. I provided a list of the past 10 AL champions, and all but one team had a SP with significant starts and an ERA over 5.00. I think two teams had 2 over 5.00. softy never even responded to being exposed.
softy used the look at the game logs argument, so I did just that. I provided a detailed game by game log of Wake's IP, H, BB, ER and other notes. It showed that even in Wakes final 2-3 years, he pitched better than his ERA number indicated. He ofter had poor run support, poor defense behind him, or a catcher who could not catch his knucklball.
Wake was a great community person, something softy abhors- possibly thinking it's socialism or something- a concept he has never fully understood. softy called for Wake's removal from the roster beginning in the winter before 2008. This was after winning 17 games. Wake then went on to pitch his best 50 straight starts of his career from 2008 to his allstar year of 2009 (before his injury). As with every softy misjudgement, when a player shows him up and does much better than he suggested he'd do, instead of admitting a mistake and enjoying a player (on his supposed team he roots for) exceed his expectaions, instead he ramps up the vitriol, seeks out obsure data, harps on tiny sample size stretches, or obsesses with a players belly or something else. This is something softy has repeated since day one on this board. Once he dislikes a player, nothing that player does can be seen in a positive light. VTek's being one of MLB best back-up catchers was never enough. Ellsbury's great 2011 season? Just a product of having a couple great hitters 3 and 4 slots down in the line-up and a contstructed lie about Jacoby seeing more fastballs than in previous years. When exposed with this lie, he conviently gets banned, begins a new identity, and pretends he it either not softy anymore, or never said the lie to begin with. Eventually the lie morphs into a bigger lie along with more lies that go along with the first lie, all the while he continues preaching about the lost morals and ethics of today's society.
When I call him a clown for this clownish behavior or a liar for his pathological lying, he, yes the lovable saint named softy- the guy who never calls anyone names and is always so kind to everyone here, calls me a "bully"!
I'd say calling him a clown is pretty tame when compared to all the names he's hurled at nearly everyone here.
Great concise writeup about Softy. How many incarnations for him up to now, who knows. Of late of course he was looking for a truce but it was just more of the same stuff. His posts are meaningless drivel as usual. Wasn't he the one that coined "Wastefield". Critisizing athletes is one thing if you're going to base it on facts but to just post because of dislike/hatred as he did with Ells just shows his true colours. As I've written on the site before I like a good argument or debate but name calling is something I can't and won't put up with. At that point I point out the party involved and do my own deserved name calling.