Mike Trout Has Ruined Baseball

Ok, not exactly.

In case you have been living under a rock, Mike Trout just signed a ridiculous 12 year deal worth a total of $430 million dollars yesterday. It’s natural to hone in on the sheer amount of cash the deal entails and tweets like these just make it all the more fun:

https://twitter.com/NSRaiderFan87/status/1108318856479678468

You can easily go down the rabbit hole of the (for lack of a better word) stupid money that baseball’s five-star man will be making over the next decade plus; but that isn’t the purpose of this article today.

So what is it then?

I’m disappointed in Mike Trout.

I know, I know, Mike will probably lose hours of sleep over my opinion whilst vacationing on his $100 million dollar yacht on his private island off the coast of Barbados- but just hear me out for a second.

Obviously, baseball has been struggling with the marketing of their greatest stars and I don’t think the talent/superstardom of Trout is even up for debate. After all, he is literally outpacing the Home Run King (yes, I know Barry was consuming more juice than a child with a sweet tooth in the latter stages of his career) when comparing their first seven seasons:

Ok, so where does the disappointment come in?

Trout undoubtedly secured his damn bag but the fact that he is basically locked in to spend the rest of his career with the Anaheim Angels Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is a massive disappointment to me. It is the safe and smart move but I can’t stand the idea of the best player in baseball playing for one of the most irrelevant franchises in the MLB. Baseball is not a sport where one player can win a championship (a truly shocking concept) and I would hate to see Trout never have a shot at one with an overall mediocre Angels team who now has poured $430 million into one guy- granted the best in the game. But more so than the shot at a championship is my desire to see Trout play in a city that actually cares about their team.

The Angels aren’t even the most popular team in LA.

God forbid that Trout took fewer years and made $200-$300 million+ dollars to play in a big market. I know that is a significant pay cut in terms of baseball money. Especially because it would essentially be for legacy. But with that being said, you aren’t going to see me show any sympathy over a guy only making 2 or 3 hundred million vs. $430 million. It sounds ridiculous to me just typing it out.

The bottomline is this:

Mike Trout made the low risk-high reward play. He gets to live in LA, play with little amounts of media pressure, and in all likelihood- get a nice long vacation when playoff time rolls around. If the team somehow becomes good through the draft or smart acquisitions he will undoubtedly become a legend for sticking it through. But in my heart of hearts; I just don’t see that happening.

And the chance to witness a generational talent in a competitive and passionate market will be lost.

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Russell Westbrook Was Out of Line

Let me start by saying; this is a loaded story.

Takes are flying left and right and I feel as though there are mostly two schools of thought:

A. Russ was just standing up for himself and that fan was a racist asshole who had it coming

B. Russ was out of line

I understand exactly where the people defending Westbrook are coming from (including Westbrook himself). Trust me, this fan does not exactly seem like a model citizen as was made apparently clear by a quick 30 second screen recording of his now deleted Twitter via Taylor Twellman:

At this point you’re probably wondering about the headline of this post so enough context and let me explain:

Westbrook and his supporters are absolutely right to say this fan was out of line, disrespectful, etc. But are they right in saying the best course of action was to yell at a real life internet troll (and I quote) “I’ll fuck you up. You and your wife”.

I certainly don’t think so.

Unsurprisingly some players came to Russ’ defense:

Ah, yes, the ole “As men…” line. Again, (and I can’t reiterate this enough) I get the fact that this fan is scum of the earth material but are we serious with this “Well what else was he supposed to do?” narrative? As an NBA superstar on a *googles* 5 year $205 million dollar deal I’d expect you to either:

A. Turn the other cheek (Granted, it’s hard to do)

B. Notify security and have the fan removed (what a concept!)

C. Let this guy know he’s scum of the earth maybe without also threatening to beat his wife up

I guess all I’m really trying to say is that there are two sides to every story and in this case both parties involved seem to be in the wrong. However, and it might just be one college blogger’s opinion, but I would say I expect more out of the NBA superstar than the brainless twitter troll. At the end of the day, Russ could have remembered the fact that he gets paid to record triple doubles in the NBA on a nightly basis and this guy pays to watch him do it.

But instead?

He let him get under his skin and the reaction was completely out of line.

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P.S- The fan appears to be a full-blown racist by all accounts but the actual line in question “get down on your knees like you’re used to” is in my humble opinion to be about the act of fellatio… not a race thing.

 

 

NNNN Episode 8

Our last show before spring break is a doozy.

Featuring:

-“Keeping it Real” (The good side of YouTube)

-UMass Hockey (get your Frozen Four tickets now)

-UMass Basketball (it’s always darkest before the dawn)

-Andy Isabella (the fix was in)

-Celtics banter (plenty to talk about)

-The Sidewalk Debate (a true conundrum)

-#FluffGate (the name speaks for itself)

-CHS National Anthem (awesome)

-“Things We Learned” (what is nuclear energy?)

Enjoy: