Escobar is a cancer. Who cares if he's playing within the division? Guy's a loser.
Because he can still be a productive player and his contract is a great value. Being a "cancer" doesn't take runs off the board for his team. Cancer is stretching it a bit, he's just more of a dumbass. That's why I'd prefer a team that I hate, Tampa, not get him.
Being a "cancer" doesn't take runs off the board for his team.
Actually it absolutely does. What you said could not possibly be more false. Especially when you play 162 game schedule and you are inundated with guy(s) you can't stand every single day. These guys are pros but they're human too. Not to mention Escobar plays for himself and nobody else. That can hurt the way your team performs on field too. There's a reason the Braves had no problem giving him up for Alex f'ing Gonzalez. There's a reason it took Miami a whopping two weeks to decide they wanted no part of him, and it wasn't just $.
Strange post by you, Qwyj, usually a very astute baseball guy but acting like what happens in the locker room doesn't translate onto the field is something someone who has never played any competitive sports in their life would say.
Last edited by johndeeregreen : 12-08-2012 at 03:34 PM.
Let me rephrase that then, the value he provides on the field should far outweigh any negative thing he provides in the locker-room. Clearly that's speculation but he's no Milton Bradley. And even Bradley had that amazing year with Texas where all his problems were suddenly magically forgotten. Perform and few people care what you do elsewhere.
Given his abilities and that bargain of a contract, I'd take Escobar as a starting SS any day. Especially for a cash-strapped team like the Rays. Even coming off an obvious "down year" with the bat. I don't care if he hates gays, is gay, whatever... he just needs to be smarter and realize to keep any prejudices he may have to himself. That's why I consider him a dumbass. But a skilled one.
I fully believe that if Escobar and the Jays weren't struggling, the eye-black story would not have blown up the way it did. The media here were hungry for something to pounce on with the Jays and unfortunately Escobar gave it to them.
Maybe it's just me but I'll take a gay-hating Escobar, fan-beating Bradley and drunk-driving Miguel Cabrera on my team any day as long as they are a good value for what they do on the field.