I was on “The Sports Page” with Kevin Acee and Annie Heilbrunn Monday night with Brady from Lobshots and John from Bolts from the Blue, where we “debated” the Padres vs the Chargers. Part 1 aired on Monday night and was mainly about Petco Park vs Qualcomm Stadium, hands down a slam dunk on this one. Part 2 is tonight and is about the teams and players (I think?) plus we talk a little Manti Te’o. Part 3 will air Wednesday and its about fans. It was actually a blast and I enjoyed hearing the Chargers side of things for all of these.
Yesterday morning Kevin Acee of the U-T interviewed Padres catcher Nick Hundley. With catcher Yasmani Grandal returning shortly from his steroid suspension Acee took the opportunity to ask Nick about his feelings on the matter of competition. Nick did not disappoint, offering up this little piece of controversy:
“You want to talk about a guy who is unproven and had a good couple months on steroids, go ahead,” Hundley said on Wednesday.
But it’s what Hundley said next that makes this more about him than Grandal.
“I’ve got a job to do,” Hundley continued.
After reading this column yesterday, I offered the following on twitter:
I totally like the way Nick Hundley is feeling about Yasmani Grandal. And he should have totally kept it to himself.
— Avenging Jack Murphy (@AvengingJM) May 9, 2013
Padres fans appeared to universally applaud Nick Hundley’s feelings on the matter but fans fell into two distinct camps: the group that thought he should have kept his mouth shut and not upset team chemistry and the group that thought it was a good thing that he gave an honest assessment of Yasmani Grandal.
As a member of the former group I would like to thoughtfully express my thoughts on the matter. I’ve taken 15 hours to digest it all. I’m trying to be . . . discreet.
From April of 2005 until November of 2008 there existed a blog called Fire Joe Morgan. The writers at FJM were funny (some would eventually write for NBC’s The Office and Parks and Recreation), insightful, and statistically inclined. They were progressive baseball fans.
The title of their blog was a reference to the eponymous Hall of Fame 2nd baseman whose retirement consisted of a career as a play-by-play analyst for ESPN. Joe Morgan drew the ire of FJM’s writers because of his outdated thinking and refusal to accept that there were new, exciting, and transformative ways to view the game of baseball. He also thought Billy Beane wrote the book Moneyball. And if nothing else, Joe Morgan hated Moneyball. Even though he had never read Moneyball. Which, again, Billy Beane did not write. FJM wasn’t just about Joe Morgan though. It was about all crappy efforts put forth by those who cover baseball.