9.07.2005

Is Christiansen certifiable?

The news has spread that it is Christiansen who was the pitcher who scuffled with Bonds over the presence of Bonds' trainer, Harry Shields and had Bonds in a head lock. He claims now that he has no problem with Bonds and Bonds likewise with him. But neither denied that some incident happened either (then again Rafael Palmeiro thrusted his finger and declared that he has never taken steroids...). No word yet from Harry Shields to confirm or deny. :^)

Assuming this is true, besides the idiocy of complaining about the presence of a trainer - what, they're not good enough to be around the players? - what about the idea of attacking your team's $20M player who is recovering from a knee injury and either putting him in a headlock or grabbing him? Is that what good teammates do? Putting the team's most valuable player in jeopardy of hurting his leg again and taking longer to rehab?

Not that Bonds get off easy either, taking a swing (perhaps now no more than a shove, the player confirming this confrontation said there were no swings, just some grabbing) at Christiansen when he should be taking utmost care not to injure his leg. This is probably why the Giants sent him to LA, so that no other player would find a reason to piss off Bonds. Or Bonds any reason to be pissed off at a player.

And Christiansen has been one of the poorest player acquisition in Sabean's reign as GM. He had a nice half year with us but then was lost to us, for the most part, after he signed his contract, whether from his arm going out and needing surgery or getting him back while his arm was still recovering from being unused for so long. Why we paid so much for a pitcher who faces only left-handed hitters (what's that term, LOOGY?) I have no idea.

And I have found his attitude curious because he acts like he has Schmidt's stats only, well, he doesn't. He can get away with such an attitude if he had done something really good in his career, but no, he hasn't - he's a lefty relief specialist. Nobody has made the Hall of Fame doing that, no one has won an MVP doing that, no one has won a Cy Young doing that. So why does he think he's so special?

Good riddance, let's hope the players we picked up can contribute more than he has. He's already contributing to the Angel's the way any long-standing Giants fan would want him to contribute: 13.50 ERA.

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