Friday, April 6, 2012
My Top 5 Least Favorite Players in MLB
Yesterday was a pretty good day. Jose Valverde blew his first save attempt of 2012, after being a perfect 49 for 49 in 2011, but the Tigers ended up scoring in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Red Sox.
Speaking of Valverde, he is most definitely not among my favorite baseball players. His antics on the mound make me want to punch a dolphin (and dolphins are awesome). Watching him makes me understand why some people make a big deal out of the antics of other players. I'm all for getting excited about getting through some big situations, but it seemed like Valverde would flip out for no good reason. Not that no Yankees ever did such a thing.
Anyway, it got me thinking... who are my least favorite MLB players? There are plenty of players I'm not a fan of, but these are easily my top 5. In fact, they may be the only 5 I actually hate in MLB.
5. Dallas Braden - I'm just a silly blogger instead of a player, so I wasn't aware of the whole "don't touch the pitcher's mound" thing that Braden was so up-in-arms about a couple years ago. Alex Rodriguez was on 1B and ran around to 3B during a Robinson Cano foul ball, and upon returning to 1B he stepped on the pitcher's mound. Dallas Braden went off on ARod, and a fight almost ensued. Look, even if the "touching the mound" thing was totally real, what was up witht elling CSN Bay Area (regional sports network) "we don't do much talking in the 209". What the hell does that mean? Answer reporter questions and leave the gangsta talk to somebody else.
4. Brian Wilson - Frankly... the beard is stupid. Jason Giambi once grew a moustache to the delight of Yankees fans, but first of all... moustaches are awesome. Wilson's beard looks like there's a colony of termites living within it. Hell, the guy even did a commercials for MLB Always Epic that showed various things living inside his beard. And then there were the Taco Bell commercials. Look, I'm all for a guy having a personality (I love Nick Swisher), but his act was a little much for me.
3. AJ Pierzynski - A player getting booed by fans is nothing new. A lot of times fans will boo players from opposing teams just because they're on the opposing team. But when a guy's teammates call a him a "cancer", then it's time to take notice and not just disregard all the bad things said. The guy carries himself like a total jerk. I equate him to the guys from the Jersey Shore. I don't even watch that show, but I've seen their pictures, and the pictures alone make me hate them.
2. Kevin Youkilis - Honestly, he doesn't seem like a bad guy. But he has two big strikes against him... 1) he plays for the Red Sox, and 2) that batting stance just ticks me off. The "Red Sox" thing alone would be okay, as I actually really like David Ortiz (this commercial kicks ass). But when I see him come to bat against the Yankees, and he holds the bat with his left hand, while barely making contact with his right hand using his index finger and thumb, I want to throw my remote at the television. Other than that I got nothing. He's a good player.
1. Jonathan Papelbon - Let me start by showing you this picture...
First of all, it's not that he tilts his head down and looks just under the brim of his hat, like he's trying to convince us he's some kind of bad-ass instead of the little non-threatening white boy that he is. It's the mouth open thing. What is that all about? He looks so... dumb. And then there's the second half of that photo. Do an image search on Jonathan Papelbon and you'll see that face the vast majority of the time. Whether it's game 32 or game 162, whether it's a regular season game or a playoff game, whether he had a 3 run lead against the bottom of the opposing team's lineup or the bases load against the heart of the order, you see that reaction. It's pathetic. Get excited over the big spots, but Paps needs to chill out. On top of that he reminds me of this...
The best thing I can say about the guy is at least he's playing for Philadelphia now.