Thursday, July 07, 2005

No "I" In "TEAM"

From The Washington Post today: "Guillen Wanted Payback"

For the first three months of the season, outfielder Jose Guillen has been welcomed by the Washington Nationals, both because of his bat and his apparent desire to win. But Tuesday night, after being hit by a pitch in the Nationals' 3-2 victory over the New York Mets, Guillen had a flare-up that several Nationals players and coaches said concerned them.

Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez hit Guillen with a pitch in the first inning, and Guillen -- according to several sources -- became incensed that the Nationals didn't retaliate. Several sources said he had a confrontation in the dugout prior to the bottom of the second inning with pitcher Esteban Loaiza and catcher Brian Schneider.

I'm one of Guillen's biggest fans, but the dude has got to realize that he's not the only player on this team. I tend to agree with him that payback was in order Tuesday night, but the team comes first. It sometimes is not the smartest thing to hit someone in a close game. Along the same lines, he needs to get over his obsession with RFK. It's not easy to hit home runs there. So he needs to stop trying and swing for contact, not homers.

Frank, time to step up and earn your paycheck. Have a man-to-man with Guillen. Settle him down.


Blogger Metstradamus said...

I think that was the third or maybe fourth time Guillen has been hit by Mets pitchers this season. But I don't think anyone was going after him...a lot have been flukes.

And Castilla today was visibly upset about this fly ball that hit the top of the wall at RFK. Almost reminiscient of Phil Nevin going ape after a long double to left field. Isn't it supposed to be difficult to hit a HR? Or have today's hitters been spoiled by bandbox parks and thin air havens?

1:42 PM  
Blogger Rocket1124 said...

I think it was fourth time. Who knows if it was intentional. But four times is enough to raise eyebrows, even if it was unintentional.

And nothing riles me more than hitters who think they have the right to hit home runs.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Brian O. said...

I have actually been surprised at Robinson's seeming avoidance of protecting some of his hitters. Many games this season our boys have been nailed by pitchers and I can remember only once that there was any sort of reprocussion. I agree that Guillen shouldn't be bitching about this to the media, but I also think that its time that Frank and the pitching staff show other teams that its not ok to nail our big (a relative term) bats.

8:43 AM  

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