That didn’t take long. Barely a few weeks into the season and the Marlins “faithful” is already turning on its “lone” star player – Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton tweeted today about a “tradition” the Marlins have – they visit a local suit shop there in Cincinnati and buy suits. Ok, so some of the suits are a bit louder than others may like, but it is in good fun. Here is the tweet:
— Giancarlo Stanton (@Giancarlo818) April 21, 2013
— Sam Vannozzi (@B1GSHOW5) April 21, 2013
Now I must mention, it is a bit tame since I viewed the tweet around 6pm this afternoon. It looks like a lot of the messages about “hitting the cages” and hashtags with #OVERRATED have been removed. And why not? He’s only a 23 year old kid trying to have fun on Twitter and even he can’t escape the Marlins downward spiral as a team. All he did was show up to work.
There are many on Twitter now that are accusing Stanton of “tanking” it and being “disinterested” in playing. I would venture to say that is far from the truth if only for the cynical reason that if Stanton wants out, his trade value is tied to his production (along with his contract value). He has an interest in extending his career and even, if the doubters are right, trying to position himself to be on a better team immediately. Much like fellow teammate Ricky Nolasco is trying to do when he started the season – who’s, ironically, in this tweet hanging with Stanton.