Really? You don’t even play on the field and you are going to make a punk statement like that?
Brian Sabean, apparently drinking from the same punch bowl as Barry Bonds, seems to be incapable of masking his rage.
“[Cousins] chose to be a hero in my mind, and if that’s his flash of fame, then that’s as good as it’s gonna get, pal,” Sabean said. “We’ll have a long memory. We’ve talked to [former catcher Mike] Matheny on how this game works. You can’t be that out-and-out overly aggressive; let’s put it that way. I’ll put it as politically as I can state it. There is no love lost, and there shouldn’t be.”
Have people just flat out lost their minds? I guess in asking that question, the answer is implied. If Posey blocked the plate and Cousins got injured, I am sure we would be having a different discussion. Let’s not forget – Posey has equipment on and although it is not intended to sustain a hit, the kind that would make an NFL linebacker jealous, it was a clean play AND a part of the game.
A couple of Padres catchers, Nick Hundley and Rob Johnson, both come in and support Cousins and denounce Sabean’s remarks:
“For a general manager to go as far as he did with those comments is unacceptable and disrespectful to guys who play the game hard,” said Johnson. “Those comments were totally uncalled for. I thought it was a great baseball play. As catchers, we sign up for that. I respect Cousins. I tip my cap to him. He didn’t go out of his way to injure Posey. I’ve been cleaned out before. It’s part of the game.”
By the way, with a name like Buster, you would think the guy wasn’t made of glass and could take a hit. Sorry San Fran, thems the brakes. Stop whining.
And now reports are circulating that Cousins is actually getting death threats. Really? A bunch of granola-eating, Birkenstock wearing hippies out in San Francisco are going to hunt down and kill Scott Cousins? Well, maybe Giant’s fans and their masters are a little sensitive these days after that cowardly beating in LA that put a fan into a coma. Then again, maybe something as ridiculous as rage over your team and threats with violence would be something they would champion against.
Logan Morrison is stepping up for his threatened teammate. “I hope [Sabean] apologizes, because what he said was wildly inappropriate and wildly unprofessional, and it really shows ignorance on his part…When has he played in the big leagues? When has he played in the minor leagues?” Morrison said. “Correct me if I’m wrong, but he’s never been in a situation like that. It’s terrible.”
“Why would you wish anything like that on anybody?” Morrison continued. “He’s getting death threats from people. This is his hometown, San Francisco. He’s worried about his family and his friends that are there. And now (Sabean) is going to make comments like that? It’s ignorant, it’s inappropriate and he has no idea what the hell he’s talking about.”
Here is the Giants official statement released today:
“This is a very emotional time for the Giants organization and our fans,” the team said in the statement. “We lost for the season one of our best players to a serious injury, and we are doing everything we can to support Buster Posey through this very difficult time. We appreciate Scott Cousins’ outreach to Buster Posey and to the Giants organization.
“Brian Sabean’s comments yesterday were said out of frustration and out of true concern for Buster and were not meant to vilify Scott Cousins. Brian has been in contact with Florida Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest to clarify his comments and to assure him that there is no ill-will toward the player. He has also reached out to Scott Cousins directly.”
Giants are losing face on this one. Fans are taking note and siding with the Marlins on this one, believe it or not:
@tbchat: I am no means a Marlins fan, but I hope that they crush the Giants the rest of the season.
So, Scott. We got your back.