13 Mar 2015
Newest Red Sox, Pablo Sandoval, has been in a war of words with the San Francisco Giants and frankly I’d like him to shut his gob.
For some reason he felt the need to make his criticisms personal by basically telling all his former teammates and his coaches, save for Bruce Bochy and Hunter Pence, that he missed none of them. Nice Pablo, nice. You really seem like a good guy.
When someone calls out 23 other players, and however many coaches, well that worries me. The Red Sox signed him up for how many years?
Sandoval’s former teammate, Aubrey Huff, he of the suspiciously timed boffo seasons (seriously, take a look), fired back at him, kinda like I am now. Naturally, Sandoval didn’t appreciate the feedback and went off on another juvenile rant. It’s spring training Pablo, take it easy man. It’s a long season and don’t forget you are really rich and play baseball for a living. You should be happy.
All of this makes me really worried about the 2015 team dynamics. I thought Hanley Ramirez was going to be the problem child given his reputation, but it turns out Pablo might be instead. I’d like to think veteran players like David Ortiz or Dustin Pedroia could talk to Pablo and have him cool his act, but given the rhetoric of the past few days, I’m not sure what to expect. If Pablo really is this immature and this big a clubhouse problem then the Red Sox might have a major problem on their hands.
Oh, and here’s a prediction, Christian Vasquez will be the best catcher at stopping stolen bases this year, percentage-wise.