Cousins, Posey aftermath: enough is enough

Posted on June 3, 2011


Lets move on, shall we?

Photo coutesy of: Fantasy Baseball Dugout

Written by: Elliot Heller

I thought this would go away. Instead, it’s gone way too far.

You all know the story: Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins collided with Giants sensation Buster Posey in a play at the plate, and the result was unfortunate to say the least: Posey is out for the year with torn ligaments in his leg.

As an Orioles fan, believe me, I know that that it can be easy to blame one person for a team’s misfortune. Us O’s fans still blame Jeffrey Maier for the 1997 ALCS loss that kicked off 13 seasons of losing.

But I hardly think Posey’s injury will be that devastating. Let’s face it: The word “scapegoat” does not even begin to describe how Cousins has been treated – not only by fans, but by the Giant’s front office!

Giants General Manager Brian Sabean stooped to the level of a kindergartener with his radio comments today.

“If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy,” Sabean told KNBR, per Sporting News. “He chose to be a hero in my mind, and if that’s his flash of fame, that’s as good as it’s going to get, pal. We’ll have a long memory. … You can’t be that out-and-out overly aggressive. I’ll put it as politically as I can state it: There’s no love lost and there shouldn’t be.”

Really, Brian Sabean? A hero? Did you even see the play? It was not that blatant. That stuff happens. If you care that much about Posey’s health, make him a first baseman. Face it; there are going to be close plays at the plate and they could get ugly. Throwing a temper tantrum at the rookie who was trying to score the go-ahead run in a 12-inning game will not un-injure your catcher.

And then Cousins’ agent reveals that his client has been receiving DEATH THREATS? Really? A new low for baseball fans.

This just leaves me shaking my head. And now they are all over the Commissioner’s office to change the rules regarding baseball’s most exciting play, just because a high-profile player got hurt. Well boo-freaking-hoo.

Let’s be honest here. If this was virtually any other catcher, we would not have heard anything about this.

The reality is this: runners are taught that if the plate is blocked, you get the catcher out of the way. It’s that simple. Cousins had no idea the ball had gotten away and no time to stop his momentum. In order to avoid this kind of situation, catchers are taught to set up behind the plate when preparing for a throw; not in front of it like Posey did.

So to all you whiners out there campaigning for a rules change: get over yourselves. It was an unfortunate incident, and anyone who thinks that Cousins (who immediately after touching the plate went to see if Posey was OK) was trying to injure Posey is off his/her rocker.

And another thing: the whiners are after Joe Torre to change the rules. Joe Torre, a former catcher. Do you really think he’s going to be sympathetic? Do you really think he’s not going to take a suck-it-up attitude when it comes to being a MLB catcher? Remember Buck Martinez’s double play with a broken leg? That’s catching. That’s baseball. That’s life.

So enough of the baby act. Enough whining. Enough double standards. Enough death threats.

Lets continue to play ball.

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