Why Now?

In Sports on September 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

by: Eric Buenning

Francisco Rodriguez and Prince Fielder have always been big question marks in their respective careers.  For Rodriguez, character questions; for Fielder, it’s a matter of where he will sign his next big contract.  Recently, a new questioned has been raised.

WHY START TALKING NOW??? WHY?????????????????????????????????????????

Allow me to clarify.  Within the last couple of days, Prince Fielder and K-Rod have both been vocal about pressing issues.

K-Rod was brought in in July to play the role of set-up man to John Axford.  He was told he would get save opportunities, but the stretch that Axford has been on has not allowed K-Rod to get his chances.  Recently, he spouted off about his time here so far:

“There’s been plenty of save opportunities, and I’ve only pitched once in the ninth inning, and it was not even a save opportunity. I’m not happy. It’s simple. That’s the bottom line. They told me one thing, they haven’t done it.

Yes, K-Rod should be somewhat upset.  However, the Brewers have had the best record in baseball since he showed up.  Also, Axford has been 19 for 19 in save chances since K-Rod arrived.  In other words, why should K-Rod get the ball for the final three outs?  K-Rod is just going to walk for tons of money at the end of the year anyways, so why can’t he just enjoy his time playing for a franchise that has the capability of making a deep run in the playoffs?  Don’t people play the game to win anymore? Which leads me to…

Prince Fielder is having one of the best years of his career this season.  He is probably the front-runner for National League MVP, but in a recent interview, Fielder acknowledged that this is “probably his last year” in Milwaukee.  Hey Prince, you know when it would be a good time to talk about your next team?  When you’re at the news conference sporting the new jersey.  He will be at that other news conference too, because his agent doesn’t believe in taking hometown discounts.  That’s not the problem.  Prince deserves to chase the big contract.  What the problem is is finally talking about this in the heat of a pennant race.  It doesn’t make sense.  He’s been a consummate professional his whole career, deflecting questions like these for the sake of keeping the heat off the rest of the clubhouse.  Now, who knows where his head is?  Nobody can be certain of what’s going on anymore.

Look, everyone is unhappy with their situations at some point.  They can gripe about it all they want.  I just want to know why these two superstars picked mid-September to start causing distractions.  Just….




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