Sorry for the late night session. People rained hate on Yunel. He is a Cuban defector with no formal education. That puts him at the maturity level of a 12 year old. Go talk to a street kid in a poverty stricken neighborhood in America. They’re behind to say the least. Multiply that by 500 and you get the environmental opportunity Yunel Escobar experienced when he was a youth. Guys struggle in baseball whether you come from a middle class family in Georgia or a poverty stricken ghetto is a communist country.
You guys question the Braves front office on how they handle personnel decisions but not their development of Yunel. Let’s let Edgar teach him in 6 months on how to be a major leaguer. That’ll work. You accept what Atlanta media told you about Yunel, but you question a JJ story? Hmmm.
Nate, speaking only for myself, I have a big heart when it comes to ultimately judging somebody like Yunel, but I’m pretty closed when it comes to what behavior I enjoy watching on my favorite baseball team. In other words, all sympathy for what’s made Yunel a petulant, entitled, stunted, whiny and profane human being, but no desire whatsoever to watch it played out on the field over and over via his role as a ballplayer. I think that’s pretty reasonable, since after all we’re talking about what we choose for our entertainment, not some moral responsibility we have toward our fellow man, etc. Only what I see when I turn on my tv.
I’m sure if I was placed in similar circumstances and then became a millionaire I would be an insufferable ass. The kind of guy that reasonable fans would like to see traded off their favorite team.
*I’ll give you this, though: I shouldn’t gloat over his continued petulance. That’s a failing. It’s just hard not to when we’ve been hurting at the SS position since his departure. It would be hard to take seeing him “get off scott free,” and ride off into the Toronto sunset, but that’s what I should root for, or at least not root against.
Bub, I agree with most of what you say about Yunel. I just wanted to get that off my chest. I don’t think he’s the villain everyone makes him out to be. I think he was mistreated by Atlanta media and the Braves 100% failed Yunel. They need to stop getting guys like Yunel and Salcedo because they can’t develop them.