Wednesday, May 9, 2007

I have upset Dontrelle Willis

Diamond Leung of the Press-Enterprise informs us that I have upset Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis.

If I may quote the passage from the article:

But Willis, who will pitch against his "little big brother" and the Dodgers today, has also heard what he feels is unwarranted criticism of Pierre, whose .304 on-base percentage is lower than Wilson Betemit's. Pierre admittedly has struggled on defense.

There is even a blog called "The Juan Pierre OutWatch" that launched this season to track every single out Pierre makes.

"That upsets me," Willis said. "I've heard that he doesn't hit for power and that it's going to be hard for him to make the All-Star Game. But I know what he did over here. If we didn't have him, we wouldn't have won the World Series. Hopefully, the (fans) really appreciate Juan's game, and I think by the (All-Star) break, they will.

You've heard that he doesn't hit for power? Yes, Dontrelle, it's true. Hate to be the bearer of bad news. Juan Pierre doesn't hit for power.

It's going to be hard for him to make the All-Star game? Yes, that's true, too. Perhaps it has something to do with being one of the worst regular major leaguers. It's also going to be hard for Jason Kendall to make the All-Star game.

Juan Pierre doesn't get on base, doesn't hit for power, and plays terrible defense. He is not without skills, though. He'd be a good bench player.

Still, I'm sorry I upset you, Dontrelle. I don't mean to cause you emotional pain. I know it's cold comfort, but please know that your suffering comes at a greater good: through your pain, we are spreading the word that Juan Pierre's constant outmaking must be stopped.


jimbilly4 said...

Poor Dontrelle. I am sure he will take pity on his very good friend and serve him up some golf balls today.

Seriously, I am sure from everything I have heard that Juan Pierre is a great person. One can argue whether putting this obnoxious site up is a mean thing to do to such a (I've heard) great person. Probably not.

But then again is this site really focused on attacking Pierre or attacking those who see 200 hits and therefore equate that with a good ball player? As has been stated before, counting Outs is dumb but not really any less dumb than only counting hits. Consistency is nice, but it has much more value when someone is consistently good (as opposed to consistently mediocre).

Of course maybe I am finally starting to see the master plan. Dontrelle Willis would love to play on the same team as his best man I would think. The Marlins regularly move players they can't afford. Willis might be available before his free agency. Is this all a bizarre scheme to land Dontrelle Willis at a reasonable price/contract? 9 million a year is a lot for Pierre, but what kind of discount for a top notch pitcher can we get to play with his best friend?

Humma Kavula said...

I've already upset Dontrelle Willis once today; I think I'll let discretion be the better part of valor and not say what I think of his pitching....

...let's just say that I hope he signs a big, long deal with the Giants.

Andrew said...

The Knoxville News Sentinel picked up the story, too.

Congratulations. You're doing Ch-i's work.

ArtHTracy said...

I hope Dontrelle signs a big, long deal to replace Sabean.