I know that many people have grown tired of the Carlos Quentin and Zack Greinke soap opera that began airing in 2008 and 2009 and then took a brief hiatus until returning by popular demand in San Diego, California last week. These types of stories do tend to get driven into the ground. Having said that, allow me to be your driver!
With the Padres going to Los Angeles to begin a three game series tonight, this story has relevance, despite Carlos Quentin beginning his suspension back home in San Diego and Zack Greinke on the mend. Retribution isn’t likely to come at any point tonight but you just never know with these things.
Anyway, I thought I had said everything I wanted to on the matter, but then I read something written by the U-T’s Tom Krasovic this morning.
— Tom Krasovic (@UTkrasovic) April 15, 2013
Because I like Led Zeppelin, this clever tweet enticed me to use one of my 15 clicks for the month and in a weird way it was totally worth it.
Krasovic writes about how Quentin will get plunked one day by the Dodgers, it’s just a matter of when. Part of what makes it fun for the Dodgers are the head games they’ll get to play with Quentin as he wonders whether or not today is the day.
Very cruel. Very sadistic. I like it.
But what really caught my eye was the following:
Quentin has never said he shouldn’t have rammed into Greinke. Going a step further, he told our Chris Jenkins: “I do believe I did what I had to do. I had to protect myself.”
Since Quentin had already been hit, I’m assuming that he meant he needed to protect himself in the future by letting Greinke know exactly where he stands on the issue now.
He’s delusional if that’s his belief.
I guess Kras disagrees with my interpretation.
Krasovic continues to opine:
I understand why Quentin was furious. But he did have the option of not charging into Greinke. To pick an example, he could’ve told him: “I will find you after the game and rip your arm off.”
That doesn’t sound like a reasoned approach at all. In fact, it sounds more like attempted murder and extended jail time. As a Stanford man I’d be completely shocked if Carlos Quentin took that tact, as he knows just how much the Padres need his bat in the order each day. No ripping arms off until November of 2015 when his contract expires, please.*
* How many people are currently wondering if an attempted murder charge would void Quentin’s contract, and if so, whether or not it would be better if Quentin just ripped Greinke’s arm off ASAP . . .
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