Even in my wildest dreams, I can’t imagine being a professional athlete.
Not just any professional athlete, but one who’s constantly in the spotlight. One who’s being scrutinized, analyzed and picked apart. I’m sure it takes a mental toll, but like anything in life, there are some who can take it.
Yu Darvish apparently isn’t one of those people.
Here’s a little excerpt from Greenberg’s story:
“I think he thinks that Chicago hates him for going on the DL a couple of times,” Gimenez said. “I’ve tried to portray to him, ‘Listen, they’re going to love you when we get to October and we’re doing the things that we all want to do here, you’re the main reason we’re doing it and we’re riding you all the way through it.
“He reads Twitter. He reads all that stuff,” Gimenez said. “We all do. Honestly, I know it upsets him — and rightfully so.”
Look, as Darvish, you can think these things in your head, but as soon as you let it get to the media, you’re causing yourself a whole world of hurt. Nobodies like me start writing blogs like this, and the snowball gets bigger and bigger.
In the grand scheme of things, maybe this isn’t a big deal. But, the thing is, it’s just another reason to question whether he was worth the contract, or whether the Cubs should’ve resigned Jake Arrieta.
Darvish thinking fans in Chicago ‘hate’ him, combined with his postseason track record (26.1 IP, 5.81 ERA, 9.2 HR per nine innings) gives me, and everybody else, reason to believe that he’s Charmin soft. That’s some bad news for the Cubs, a team that is an ‘ace’ away from being in the championship discussion alongside the Yankees and Red Sox.
It’s easy to say as a White Sox fan, but this feels like the unraveling of what ***could*** go down as a colossal bust of a signing. By no means is all hope lost with the former Dodger and Ranger; he has, without a doubt, some of the nastiest stuff of any starting pitcher in baseball. But here are the cold, hard facts:
4.95 ERA + Two DL Stints In Two Months + Thinking Fans ‘Hate’ You =