This is what it’s come to? Wishing for careers to end? If you listen to Giants general manager Brian Sabean that’s what he’s telling you. The man who built the World Series Champion is still dwelling on the collision that sidelined Buster Posey for the season. He thinks that the big leagues would be better without Scott Cousins sitting on the Marlins bench. “If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy.” It’s human to be upset with the result especially when one of your players is in serious pain and but to wish for another player’s career to end is wrong.
Listen to Sabean’s comments here (via KNBR)
Sabean sounds like he’s been sitting in his office late at night, with a replay of the collision playing on a loop. He’s sitting there in his dimmly lit office with a diluted glass of scotch breaking down the play like it’s the Zapruder film. “If you watch frame by frame from different angles, he does not take the path to the plate to try to score. He goes after Buster, right shoulder on right shoulder, and to me, that’s malicious.” Frame by Frame? He says the photo evidence shows a clear path to the plate. Excuse Scott cousins for not having Fox Sports’ technical director in his ear. The man is trying to keep a roster spot in a crowded outfield. He’s trying to win a game. Sabean insists that there was malicious intent with the collision. Think about that, he honestly believes that Cousins intent was not to score a run but to injure Buster Posey. Doesn’t that seem ridiculous? This kid has reached out to Buster Posey to apologize several times and the Giants catcher doesn’t want to hear it. Posey isn’t obligated to accept any phone calls but at that point the criticism has to end.
It was an accident Posey isn’t happy about being hurt. Sabean frustrated that his catcher remains in chronic pain. Posey won’t play this season, may not catch again, and may have to find a new place to live because he can’t get up the stairs to his home. While Posey deals with the physical pain, Cousins is getting through the mental burdens of death threats. The native North California resident is worried for his family’s well being according to his agent. He just wanted to score a run and a terrible thing happened. Why a week later is Brian Sabean making Scott Cousins out to be Jack Parkman in Major League II. The rules don’t have to change. Freak things happen in baseball. Double plays should continue to be broken up. Pitchers should continue to throw up and in. Catchers and runners should continue to collide and Brian Sabean should move on and leave Scott Cousins alone.
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Written by Brendan Tobin
Life long Marlins fan who's had the privilege of covering the team the last 2 seasons for Sports Talk 790 The Ticket in Miami, FL.