Scott Olsen is now officially a train wreck.
Sure, you got the whole fighting/tantrum thing and most of us, including yours truly, has written it off as simply Scottie O being an intense competitor.
And now this.
Our friends over at SporTech have done a pretty good job covering this story, but not enough can be said about Scott Olsen’s situation: He needs help. Badly.
This is a situation the Marlins cannot take responsibility for but if they value their employees’ health, they need to enforce a temporary suspension and give Olsen the vacation time and facilities to get help. Seriously.
In a world that is seemingly getting crazier and crazier each day, where stories about NBA referees possibly shaving points to help with their bookies and pro-bowl quarterbacks getting involved in illegal dogfighting activities (to say the least), something like an out of control pitcher with a penchant for tantrums is probably somewhat low-key, but in need of serious attention.
Add to this latest incident that he was arrested for a DUI and resisted arrest and fought with the police officers in front of his home in Aventura. Now, the details are not official, but that is the gist of it. How does he go from being suspended, pitching great, then going out and pulling a stunt like this? You can almost feel the vibrations of insanity here, like a volcano getting ready to explode.
Olsen needs help. His teammates, his team, his fans and especially his family all need to reach out to him. This kid is so young and has a very promising major league future in front of him. Just ask Jeffrey Allison, the once promising future Marlins starting pitcher who was highly touted and compared to a then precocious Josh Beckett.
Of just ask Josh Hamilton, who is now starting to fulfill the promise of his talents several years later with another team, the Cincinnati Reds.
Who knows what exactly is wrong with Olsen the person. Who knows what trouble is stirring in his mind and what types of ailments he could be suffering from. Maybe he is bi-polar? Maybe he is depressed? Whatever the diagnosis is, it needs to be examined by professionals as this kid is quickly burning up his chances for a bright future.