No "I" In "TEAM"
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.