As a continuation of a segment I started late last season I'm re-introducing "Give Me One Reason". Which is fairly self-explanatory. So without any further useless babble here is 2009's first installment of "Give Me One Reason":
GIVE ME ONE REASON...
...WHY WE SHOULD PUT UP WITH IZZY'S MOUTH.
Isringhausen, who has been touted as a bit of a handful, has lived up to that reputation in his short stay with the Rays organization thus far. First he comes to spring training and requests James Shields' locker, which in and of itself is just ridiculous, just to stroke his own ego (Shields acquiesced by the way (like a true pro/good person)).
Now, just as quickly as I'd forgiven him of his first sin, he turns around and starts mouthing off about his extended spring training assignment (which he accepted) saying he's, "not getting anything out of facing high school kids.” (St Pete Times)
Hey Izzy, until you prove that you're even worthy of a roster spot just shut-up and "know your role"! You've been put "on notice" (see side-bar)
...WHY EVAN LONGORIA ISN'T THE (VERY) EARLY FAVORITE FOR AL MVP.
Dirtbag has flown out of the gates to start the 2009 season, and has shown no signs of slowing down. After week one Longoria has already been awarded the AL Player of the Week. Evan leads the AL in homers with 5, is 4th in the league with a BA of .467, is tied for the league lead with 12 RBI, and is sporting an OBP of .484, a slugging percentage of 1.100 and an OPS of 1.584. Dirtbag has also accumulated 4 doubles while walking once and striking out 5 times.
...WHY GABE KAPLER STRUCK OUT FACING NICK SWISHER.
I understand that situations like this are lose/lose for hitter; if you record a hit against an infielder who's pitching well great, you're supposed to, but if you don't then you're a knucklehead. But there's a huge difference between recording an out versus an infielder who's pitching (ie. Aybar, Pena) and actually being struck out by one!
Gabe Kapler's inherent value lies in the fact that he's a wily veteran presence who can still play the game, so what does that value equal when you can't have a decent at bat against the guy who was just playing 1st base?
I understand he probably just wanted to go home and that the at-bat was unimportant and meaningless, but striking out in that instance is unacceptable.
Gabe Kapler you've also been put "on notice"!