“Baseball works in funny ways. The only way I could honestly put it is, we could be like the Giants and go and change our whole lineup, put guys with ‘San Francisco Giants’ across their jerseys. We didn’t.”
In San Francisco Giants lore, Mat Latos will forever live on as That Guy who said the above quote near the end of the 2010 season. To say he garnered criticism would be a massive understatement. Livid hate would be more spot on.
And then there was me, giving far too much benefit of the doubt to him and repeating, “Legitimate point said by the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time,” so many times that my mind started filling it in, a la auto-correct. Just kidding. Sort of.
Point being, he then turned around that offseason and auctioned off three balls on which he wrote, “I Hate SF!”
I stopped defending him after that.
I still maintain he had a point originally, but the level of classlessness basically totally overshadows that.
I can’t say I was heartbroken to hear he was traded to the Reds today, although it does rob us the satisfaction of seeing our boys in orange and black take him into McCovey Cove every other week. (Every other week because the Giants play the Padres so. much.)
I do have one recommendation for him, though, before he departs the NL West:
In fact, I don’t know what kind of libraries they have in Cinci, but ‘round here the library has a whole big section on manners and etiquette. Might find that useful, Mat. Just might.
In other news, yes, this is totally me pretending to live in England and be 58 and crazy into football. Get Well Soon cards can be directed to Diamond Girl/AT&T Park/Cot in Center Field/San Francisco, California.