I was reviewing some of our site statistics, which I honestly haven’t really done in a few years, and I noticed that for the month of September, 2019 one of our most popular articles is one that I wrote 4 years ago. How could this possibly be I thought to myself. Then I review our most popular search term. I then popped over to my local Google.com box and typed in the corresponding search term.
I am so proud to have left my mark on baseball blogging history.
The best part? Manny Machado was only mentioned in the article due to his run in with our old site mascot Jonathan Papelbon. While he had the incident in Oakland at that time, he hadn’t really begun to reach asshole status yet!
This article has caused me to reflect a little bit, and sadly it seems like we have fewer and fewer real honest to goodness assholes left in baseball. I mean, sadly, Joe West is still running around the league, and there’s a few other umpires you could easily add to the list. Manny Machado has more than earned his asshole reputation despite having a pretty quiet 2019. Bryce Harper seems to have settled down a little. There’s Miguel Cabrera, although you’d be forgiven for forgetting he was still in the league. Aroldis Chapman has kept his head down since moving to New York. Derek Jeter has seemingly gotten worse since taking over in Miami. Madison Bumgarner is still a pretty big dickhead. Matt Harvey is all but out of baseball at this point.
Come to think of it, 2019 was a really tame year for beefs. I can’t recall any major brew-ha-has or over the top beefs. There’s been relatively little on or off the field drama this year.
Hopefully next year will be better.