No one likes to be publicly criticized, or worse, have their friends publicly criticized. Professional athletes are no different. If they hear a critique of a teammate they don’t think is fair they will often tell their ‘haters’ what they think of them.
David Price is taking on all ‘haters’ this year and that has been widely noted across many forms of media. But maybe no incident was as ugly as the one he shared on a Red Sox team plane June 29 with NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley.
Price reportedly had sharp criticism for the Hall of Famer, who let out a “yuck” when NESN showed Eduardo Rodriguez’s subpar pitching statistics from a rehab outing with Double-A Portland. Price later took on Eckersly in the plane before a trip to Toronto.
“There’s no doubt John means a great deal to the Broncos, our fans and the entire community. It was important for us to reach this long-term agreement, and we’re all excited to now turn our full attention toward the 2017 season.”
They are young, club-controlled players the Cardinals were counting on to form the nucleus of a playoff-caliber team for years to Discount Volleyball Jerseys come, and that hasn’t happened. So the challenge for Girsch and Mozeliak is to figure out whether their ships have sailed. That’s not an easy decision to make.
Look at Kolten Wong. He finished third in the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year voting, then had a decent 2.3 fWAR in 2015. But he often looked lost at the plate in 2016, earning a trip to the minors and winding up with just a .240 average on the season. The Cardinals didn’t irrationally trade him in the middle of a disappointing Dallas Cowboys Cheap Jerseys season, and in 2017 he’s hitting .304 with a .391 on-base percentage.