You Couldn't Make This Up If You Tried
"As far as just looking at Paul Lo Duca across the field, I'm not really into how he acts behind the plate," Thomson said Wednesday during a conference call. "I know a bit about (Jays catcher) Gregg Zaun and I know he wants to win and he's not going to let anything get in his way to do that, and I like that.
"And then with Vernon Wells in centre field, I'm not really concerned about the outfield with him out there. . . . Just watching the Mets outfield, if Cliff Floyd is out there it's not a real good fit for him out there. He can hit the ball but as far as defense, he's a little shaky.
"I just liked what's happening in Toronto."
Do I really need to say anything about this? Are any comments necessary? I was perplexed when I read about the Schoeneweis deal, but the John Thompson comments were just what I needed for some levity. Thompson claims he is now healthy and that's great because after posting a 1.56 WHIP, .295 BAA, and 4.82 ERA in the NL East, he'll need to be healthy to face the beasts of the AL East. Not one team figures to be a weak offensive team in that division.
There are so many levels that John Thompson's remarks are crazy. Beltran being a gold glove centerfielder, Cliff Floyd not even being on the team, and Paul LoDuca being one of the few guys that you can outwardly see his desire to win games are a few places we can start though. It is just crazy how not only so many writers seem to be out of touch with the game of baseball, but there seem to be quite a few number of players that pay little attention to goings on of their own profession. John Thompson seems to be partially stuck in 2004 combined with a skewed view of present day.
Raines has some personal baggage to overcome. During the Pittsburgh drug trials in the early 1980s, Raines testified that he kept a gram of coke in his uniform pocket, snorted during games, and made a point of sliding head-first so as not to break the vial. Not exactly a wholesome image there.
Then again, the voters didn't spend much time moralizing about Paul Molitor's early indiscretions with cocaine and marijuana. Raines addressed his problem and rehabilitated his image, and he was a sympathetic figure at the end of his career, selflessly contributing off the bench for two World Championship teams in New York and fighting lupus before his retirement.
We all know a big deal will not be made form Raines' cocaine use and I'm definitely not saying a big deal should be made of it, but it will certainly be interesting to see how these writers treat Mr. Raines when his time comes up. If you are going to condemn steroid use, then you certainly would have to condemn a player who admitted to using cocaine during a game....right?
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo....and one has to wonder what the real motive is for this sudden desire to be champions of all that is good and holy for some writers.