Remember when San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey was hurt last week? There was consternation and grief, mostly because Posey is like James Dean crossed with Mahatma Gandhi, and the world is a better place with him in it. But the story sort of faded away. There was talk about rule changes, Posey was declared out for the year, and for the most part, the baseball world went back to whatever it was doing before the home-plate collision.
Not so fast! Brian Sabean is still a little upset at Florida Marlins utility player Scott Cousins, and after careful consideration, he decided to unload both barrels of the ol' Sabean mouth cannon during an interview with KNBR 680 in San Francisco, portions of which were transcribed by Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News:
"If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy."
Oh. I thought the consensus was that Cousins was just playing the way a 25th-man needs to play if he wants to keep his job. Apparently, if the play affects how you'll be evaluated as a general manager at the end of the season, though, you'll feel a wee bit differently.
"He chose to be a hero in my mind, and if that’s his flash of fame, that’s as good as it’s going to get, pal. We’ll have a long memory. Believe me, we’ve talked to (former catcher Mike) Matheny about how this game works. You can’t be that out-and-out overly aggressive. I’ll put it as politically as I can state it: There’s no love lost and there shouldn’t be."
The Giants will play the Marlins in a three-game series starting on August 12, in case you were wondering. The angry words from Sabean are sure to whip Marlins fan everywhere into a frenzy.