Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Let's be honest, no one likes Randy Moss. Is anyone a Randy Moss fan? He only tries when the ball is thrown his way and he never gives any effort when asked to block. It's embarrassing. And the sad thing about it is that he has been able to get away with it for all these years. For all the highlight reel catches that he's made throughout his career, whenever I see him dogging it as if he were pouting, it infuriates me. And this is why people hate him. It's because fans live by the mantra that they would kill to have his skills and his position in life. Some even say that they would play professional sports for free if they could. That is obviously bullshit because the best part of being a pro athlete is the money, fame, and lifestyle that they live. But nevertheless, this is why fans say that. Because they know that they have zero talent, but at least they would hustle and genuinely love to be playing the games that they love.
That being said, this week's Middle Finger goes to one of the biggest wastes of talent in baseball: BJ Upton.
On Sunday, BJ Upton embarrassed himself, his team, himself again, himself a third time, and the game of baseball by fucking jogging after a ball hit in the gap which ended up leading to the winning run for the Diamondbacks. And calling THAT "jogging" might be a stretch. He used some half-assed excuse that he thought the LF was going to get it eventhough the ball was hit closer to him and CFer's are supposed to assume that every ball is theirs unless they get called off anyway. Even after realizing that it was his to get, he never picked up the pace. He just kept dogging it. You've all probably seen the highlight by now anyway. After the inning was over, Evan Longoria did what he was supposed to do and got in that fucker's face about it. Upton had the nerve to run smack back at him eventhough BJ pretty much sucks, has been a bust in the league, is already ten times worse than his little brother, can't hit, and his team is on an amazingly shitty streak of crappy play.
Longoria was being the leader of a team in desperate need of leadership while Upton continued to be the prima donna that he always has been. Keep in mind, this is coming on the heels of Hanley Ramirez getting destroyed publicly for doing the exact same thing a month or so ago. He should know that you can't do that. And Hanley is actually, you know, a superstar. Upton can be replaced...EASILY. Which brings me back to my initial point: just show us that you care. Don't rub your disinterest in the faces of your fans.
You may not be having a good day at the plate. Your girl may have given you a toothy BJ the night before and it hurts to walk. If your Miguel Cabrera, you may still be drunk. But it doesn't take a ton of effort to hustle on and off of the field. Like I said, fans are easy to please. We just don't want to be taken for granted and asked to accept diva behavior. It isn't hard. It's why little losers like John McDonald and David Eckstein have been in the league for so long despite having zero talent.
In short, quit being a pussy, BJ Upton. But as a Yankees fan who realizes that Tampa is crumbling before our eyes, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, BJ!!! You are a valued member of the Rays' demise!