I’m not going to try to defend D’Angelo Jiminez – his performance or his attitude. I do, however, find it ironic that two of the most overpaid, under-performing stiffs on the roster (it’s hard saying “the two most” on this club) are chirping about him after he’s gone:
“When you don’t want to try and you don’t want to try to get better, there are guys in the minors who do,” he said. “That attitude can become a cancer. D’Angelo didn’t have the attitude that I’m going to help the team. If a guy isn’t going to try to contribute, why keep him around?”
Said Casey, “I tried to be nice to the guy, but he was mean to me. I felt like putting a fence in front of my locker and putting up a sign that said, ‘Keep that negative attitude on your side of the clubhouse.’ “
Graves ought to know about “cancers” – he’s a malignant mass on the city of Cincinnati right now – $6.2M, by the way. Casey’s quote sounds like something a grandma would say, or maybe a second-grade teacher. A fence? A sign? Huh?
D’Angelo was “mean” to Casey? Perhaps he should have been made to stand in the corner, or go to bed without dinner.
Sheesh. This is likely the real reason Jiminez was released. He was mean to The Mayor.
This is cry-baby stuff. There’s been a lot of winning teams that have players that don’t get along. This is the major leagues not american legion ball.
You can have a crummy attitude if you’ve got some baseball skills. However, if you are hitting .212 and have the range of a mailbox, you might want to keep that bad attitude to yourself. Jimenez didn’t use his head. You would think that you’d want a career .300 hitter like Casey on your side.