Saturday, June 10, 2006

Just in case you missed it:

On the subject of Damian Jackson's outburst/reaction,
according to the Nats Notes from the Post:

When Damian Jackson made an error in center field Thursday night, he said a fan yelled, "Get in the game!" as he came off the field. Jackson shot back, "Who are you talking about?" before ducking into the dugout, where he was met by Robinson, who gave him an earful.

Well, I figured that Robinson let Jackson have it as as soon as his head disappeared from the sight-line of the fans. At least I'd hope so. As for what Jackson said to the fan exactly, I'm reasonably certain that the Post had to do some creative editing on that one...

Jackson said Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins, who advanced on the play, "made me look stupid." But he said the Nationals didn't get home until about 4 a.m. Thursday morning, and fans don't always appreciate the stresses of big league life.

Jackson said Rollins made him look stupid? No. Jackson made Jackson look stupid. It was the lack of attention, nonchalant throw that made Jackson look like a little-leaguer. Actually, a little-leaguer would've shown effort. This wasn't even ball playing. I don't even get how he could have done such a thing, headspace-wise. And actually, the play made Rollins look brilliant, with a completely heads-up base-running decision.

And to continue...

Okay, so maybe I am a bit ignorant when it comes to the "stresses of big league life." But what I do know about "big league life" is that you are expected to give your game. Period. Damian, you and eight others are on that field, expected to do whatever it takes to win one for your team. You were the only one to get in at 4 am? If you feel cheated by that, fine. Get out of the game, because I would suspect those eight of your fellow field-mates were in the exact same situation.

"He understands this lifestyle, doesn't he?" Jackson said of the fan. "He clearly doesn't. It's tougher than a lot of people think it is. . . . Every time it's thrown out there, it's baseball players with high salaries crying." . . .

This little rant I don't get, unless it's some sort of strange dig at Soriano, who last I checked, is the one working the absolute hardest at working at a position he plainly said he doesn't want to play, and yet still does, through thick and thin, now without any complaint that I've seen or heard. If he's referring to other "high salary" players in the leagues, then I simply don't get the comment.

This guy might just be a certain toxin to the club. If he's gonna throw out comments like this, then I would most definitely recommend an immediate section eight to wherever.



Screech's Best Friend said...

I asked a couple of Nationals OffIcials about this today at the game and they said, "READ BETWEEN THE LINES" Its damage control on what Jackson said. Trying to kill it before it gets out there publicly. Jackson is AN ASS. And obviously Frank Robinson is sick and tired of his excuses. I see Jackson being released when the Lerners come on board full time.

RallyTime Richard said...

I'll say it again, it's all about fundamentals...and Jackson is fundamentally a jackass