I had a great week. I was fortunate enough to go to three spring training games, filled with youngsters trying to make the team and superstar players doing their thing.
Unfortunately, there are also a few jerks that linger on the baseball diamond. On the heels of writing thefoulline.com All-Pro Team of Awesomeness, I thought I’d mix it up, and come up with thefoulline.com’s All-Pro Team of Jerkiness.
And here it is.
- Catcher: A.J. Pierzynski
Even his own teammates don’t like him.
- First Base: Mark Teixeira
I’m not resentful that he spurned the Red Sox so that he could get an extra $10 million from the stupid Yankees. I just really want to punch him in his huge, ugly face whenever I see him. I accidentally drafted this d-bag in a recent mock draft. I immediately shut the computer off, my draft/day ruined.
- Second Base: Ian Kinsler
Has a well known feud with the far superior Dustin Pedroia. Injury prone. Needs to find a pair of baseball pants that fit him.
- Shortstop: Stephen Drew
J.D.’s brother… that’s enough for me.
- Third Base: Alex Rodriguez
Cameron Diaz fed him popcorn on national television. I’d like to feed him a knuckle sandwich. A-Fraud is captain of my d-bag team.
- Outfield: B.J. Upton
Million-dollar talent, 10-cent brain. If this guy ever decided to give a damn, he’d be unstoppable.
- Outfield: Jonny Gomes
This d-bag loves to be the third man in on someone else’s fight. Dylan and I were at a Rays game a few years ago. Gomes was playing left field (lousily I might add). We kept calling him a lard ass with a crappy arm. I’ll swear to this day that I saw a glint of a tear in his eyes. This rager is a token tough guy.
- Outfield: Alfonso Soriano
Easily the worst defender in baseball, makes Johnny Damon look like Roberto Clemente in his prime. $136 million over 8 years! Really?
- Designated Hitter: Miguel Cabrera
I don’t care if Miggy hits 80 home runs and bats .400 this season. His decision to drive drunk and act like an idiot is inexcusable. You make $19 million a year. Hire a driver, jackass.
- Pitcher: Tim Lincecum
Ok, we get it. Your dad used to put a dollar bill on the ground when you were pitching to make sure you were following through… Enough of this stupid commercial. This pot smoker really needs a haircut. Although I do like that he tanked it down the stretch last year, ultimately foiling Dan’s season.
- Pitcher: Matt Garza
Spit… spit… spit… spit… spit… Garza is a big-game pitcher… spit… spit… spit… spit… has some really stupid facial hair… spit… spit… spit… and is the grossest man in baseball.
- Pitcher: James Shields
If you’re going to incite a baseball brawl against the smallest guy on the other team, can you at least look at what you’re swinging at? 15 losses with a 5.18 ERA in 2010. I think we can officially lose the “Big Game James” moniker.
- Pitcher: Carlos Zambrano
Fighting teammates, throwing temper tantrums, going -24 in the first week of fantasy baseball — it’s the triumvirate or douchiness.
- Pitcher: Daisuke Matsuzaka
I can give you 100 million reasons that he’s on this list. My biggest problem is that Dice-K went 18-3 during his rookie season, then stopped throwing fastballs and started trying to nibble the corners with bad off-speed stuff. He’s chronically slow on the mound and causes his games to drag on forever. I’d rather watch a Lifetime movie marathon than watch Dice-K throw 110 pitches in 4 innings.
- Closer: Francisco Rodriguez
This class act berated his girlfriend and then pummeled her dad after his manager didn’t let him pitch in a game. And he looks stupid in his prescription pitching goggles.
- Coach: John Rocker
Racist. Redneck. Homophobe. Jerk. Remember?
There are 750 baseball players on Major League rosters. There’s bound to be a few bad apples in there.
Baseball is still the best sport in the world.