Zambrano is a friggin' beast, Part XVIII
also: the Unofficial Goatrider Stance on Banning commenters
Thank you Big League Stew for what should be the Official Picture of Goatriders
Don't Wake Daddy said it was "up to Bradley standards". Sweet Lou remarked that he himself, number 41, "was the calmest person around" after Z's public display. Ted Lilly and Ryan Dempster learned one of the basic tenets of Euchre, "Don't send a boy out to do a man's job!" Dempster merely tore off the front shield of the G Machine; Lilly merely got thrown out of a game. Points to both for their passion; but neither receive any points for panache.
Please don't misunderstand - I do not in the least way CONDONE Z's behavior yesterday. He will most certainly earn a lengthy in-school suspension; he will further muddy an already fluid roster situation; and his lack of participation in what I am guessing will be at least two starts will cost us at least one win. Piniella will have to press both Marshall and Wells in the starting roles, and probably will also have to bring someone else up from Des Moines for a spot start, all of which will over-burden a bullpen already containing the shit-tastic David Patton and the increasingly worthless Aaron Heilman. (thanks to Deadspin for the G abuse pic)
What's more, the play in question wasn't, in my opinion anyway, worth all the hysteria. I've seen at least 10 worse calls already this year. Nyjer Morgan is not many things, but he is quite speedy.
I think we were all hoping Senor Zambrano had matured and gotten past such churlish acts. In lieu of acquiring Certain Staff Ace Jake Peavy, we need Z to show some Positive Leadership, and I don't think THAT was how it was done.
It DID make it in the network nightly news, not to mention SportsCenter.
Now, on to banning:
Outside of malicious acts of spamming or frequent and willful inability to follow the brief, sketchy guidelines of behavior here on the Goat, we will never ban anyone merely for the act of voicing one's opinion. Squelching free speech is a douche-worthy act better left to pollyellons and other such Socialists.
That having been said, I came across a lot of flak when I dared make the statement that the Cute-n-cuddly Geo Soto has just been stabbin' us through the heart since he returned from the Beans-n-Rice Festival, a/k/a the World Baseball Classic. Some of it was somewhat reasoned, hey, if you want to hang the blame on his sporadic activity there, as the third catcher on a roster that barely calls for two. I merely point out that the sporadic activity did not seem to harm Yadier Molina, who also rode a lot of bench for Puerto Rico as the Formerly Swollen Pudge hogged the spotlight in a completely transparent MLB tryout. Not to mention the aforementioned Lilly, who literally gathered moss as less talented men than he got lit up for Our Team.
You want to stick up for our reigning Rookie of the Year? Once again, I implore you to Live in the Now, or alternatively, feel free to go out to a Baseball Reference to look up previous ROYs and consider their contribution in their second year and beyond. Being a ROY many times points to likely future success, but it is not guaranteed. Todd Hollandsworth was a ROY, for God's sake. Wasn't Ben Grieve? If anything, once you become a ROY, you have to worked harder, not less hard.
The point I want to make today, is simply, LEARN TO effin READ!! I never said I hated Soto, and I never said we needed to trade him, or release him, or give his spot to Three-Finger Hill or Beef Wellington on a permanent basis. What I HAVE said is, as more than a casual observer of both the Chicago Cubs and of Human Nature, that he is not working as hard, he has taken his role for granted, and he needs a serious attitude adjustment, now, if not sooner. As the catcher and a middle-of-the-order hitter, he occupies an oversized role in Our Future Success. He is not merely 1/25th or even 1/9th of this team - I would say closer to 1/4. In this day of age, a superior catcher gives his team a clear competitive advantage! I anoited him the Cubs MVP last year, over Clutchy and Mark DeRosa d/b/a the Second Coming!!
But this year, his league-worst OPS+ and GIDP, along with his 22% stolen-base prevention, is a major reason (nay, the biggest reason) why this team with the 3rd highest payroll in the major leagues is one game over .500. As I stated yesterday, this is a simple fact, and honestly, if you disagree with the previous sentence, then not only are you not watching the same ball games I am, you also cannot read and comprehend English.
And if you are a kool-aid drinking, non-reading, deluded sheep-bleating Cubbie Fan who simply CAN'T STAND IT when someone criticizes one of their heroes, well, we aren't gonna ban you, because that just starts a bad precedent. I would, though, ask (just this once, nicely), if it is you (and if your handle starts with the name of a large Asian country, yes, you are amongst them), if you do not want to read criticism of the Chicago Cubs, then go away. This little reststop is not for the likes of you.
For I will keep calling spades spades, I will call Geo Soto a listless, fat prima donna with a sense of entitlement, and I will swarm over him and anyone else that DARES to drag us down to yet another year of defeat and humiliation. And if you don't like it, then scoot out of here and go wack your willy over regression charts over at THT, or suckle at the milky blue teat over at BCB. And leave ME the f**k alone.