Sabean and I have our disagreements but yesterday, he seriously inspired me. The Giants cut the cackle and cleaned house and I, well, did too. Seriously, I did not recognize my room when I woke up this morning. Most of my cleaning was in closets/drawers/under beds but the room actually felt sort of airy for the first time in a long, long time.
Which is why I empathized very closely with the feeling the Giants may have had when they took the field yesterday after the crazy morning. And they capped the day off nicely, then, by winning 4-0. It gave me an, Oh, so that’s how it feels to win! moment. Rather wonderful.
Sabean’s moves at face value bothered me, though, because I felt like they were poorly timed and did not feel well thought out. The DFA’ing of Rowand and Tejada combined with what he said to the press yesterday really left me feeling like he is just going with the flow. And not in a good way.
It felt like melodrama or instant gratification to me, frankly. We’ve lived with Rowand’s contract ((yes, it was a mistake) for a long, long time and Tejada’s deal is just a year anyway. I’m sure late-night sportstalk callers were screaming for this after those crushing losses against Chicago, but that doesn’t mean the GM should go out and do it. In fact, it probably means he shouldn’t. I think this was a serious case of stirring the pot for the sake of stirring the pot.
I also didn’t understand his comments afterwards. If he thinks they’re contending still, then he should have released the people he wanted to release a long time ago (earlier this month, really) and pulled out all the stops. If not, then call it a season and figure out how to utilize the next 30 days. Either way, don’t admit you don’t know what’s going to happen or have any plan!
I would say something about the need for media training to General Managers, except you might stop reading right then. I know I’ve said it before. It just seems to be an issue an awful lot of the time.
All that said! It wasn’t the actual moves as much as the way they were carried them out and the timing that bothered me. Both contracts were mistakes and neither guy was playing any sort of useful role. Owning up to mistakes and cleaning house is not a bad thing.
I am living proof of that.
p.s. It’s September 1st! I have lived through the summer! Fog, come to my arms!