Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Billy, Billy, Billy...

Usually, I like athletes on my favorite teams to be intense, to be smart, and to have an authentic joy for the game. For example, Michael Jordan was the ultimate embodyment of all three of these concepts. Brett Favre and Shaq are two more that come to mind.

Billy Wagner, unfortunately, is not. Simply put, Wagner is an idiot. How in the world can you get upset at a college kid who went to lay a bunt down in a spring training scrimmage.

From Newsday:

Forget the Phillies. Billy Wagner nearly started a beanball war with the University of Michigan after one overzealous Wolverine tried to bunt on him in the fourth inning. With a runner on second and one out, centerfielder Kevin Cislo pushed his bunt foul.

Wagner, clearly annoyed, shook his head a number of times, and Cislo wisely swung away, grounding out. Wagner said he couldn't believe that Cislo, a junior, bunted.

"If he got that bunt down, I would have drilled the next guy," Wagner said. "Play to win against Villanova."

So Billy let me get this straight... you would have drilled a college kid in spring training simply because he went to lay down a bunt? A bunt from a college kid got you all riled up? Puhhhhlease. Where were you in August and September when the team needed a pitching pick-me-up? Oh I know, you and your ever-decreasing 95 mph fastball were getting rocked left and right by the Marlins and Phillies.

I know he's our closer but Wagner is confirming how much of a jerk he is. Just shut up and pitch Billy