Thursday, April 18, 2013

Padres Organization Most Assuredly Not Remaining Classy

From "Padres boss pins brawl on Zack Greinke, apologizes for 'Rain Man' comment about pitcher" by Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports:

The San Diego Padres president and CEO said Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke intentionally threw at Carlos Quentin and that he should not have lowered his shoulder when Quentin charged the mound, precipitating a brawl last week that left Greinke with a broken collarbone that will sideline him for two months.

In a 4-minute, 29-second clip of a recent talk with Padres season-ticket holders obtained by Yahoo! Sports, Tom Garfinkel outlined the festering history between Greinke and Quentin and concluded the fastball that hit Quentin's arm was deliberate despite Greinke's claims otherwise.

"He threw at him on purpose, OK?" Garfinkel told an estimated crowd of 40 or 50 at Petco Park on Friday, a day after the fight. "That's what happened. They can say 3-and-2 count, 2-1 game, no one does that. Zack Greinke is a different kind of guy. Anyone seen 'Rain Man'? He's a very smart guy."

Garfinkel went on to reference Greinke's social-anxiety disorder, a comment he told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday night he deeply regretted. Garfinkel apologized Wednesday to Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten and extended the same to Greinke.

First of all, great scoop by Jeff Passan. Whether it's frustration at his team's low payroll, embarrassment at his team's belated TV deal, or just general dickishness, Garfinkel has revealed something about the character of the Padres' front office. And it doesn't seem too different than that of their suspended left fielder.

In an era where teams are looking to accommodate their players, Garfinkel has effectively announced his team is as small-minded as it is small-market. Hope he doesn't have any players with social anxiety issues on his team.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers may be a happier ballclub, but they haven't exactly been the best communicators. Zack needs to talk to A.J., and A.J. needs to do his homework. Get it together, boys. Being nice won't keep you out of the cellar.


QuadSevens said...

I say we throw at Garfinkel so that he can see what an intentional HBP really looks like.

This past Saturday I had some family over and one guy was a Pod Rays fan. He also felt it was intentional, but he also thought Greinke had hit Quentin 4 times before. Apparently SD fans uninformed and their management sets the bad example.