Alfonso Soriano: Not Good Enough To Complain
So the overpaid, .230/.292/.414 hitting, terrible in left-field Cubs “Star” apparently doesn’t like to get a day off without notice. From the Trib:
But Soriano was miffed when he learned his name wasn’t in the starting lineup Wednesday after he had a pair of hits Tuesday night.
“That’s why I’m mad,” Soriano said. “If he had told me yesterday, then I wouldn’t come today ready to play.”
“That’s a surprise to me today,” Soriano said. “I think he could have said to me last night, ‘OK, take a day off,’ especially because [Thursday] is an off day. I’d be like, ‘OK, I’ll take the two [days].’ But I like to know before I come here.”
Soriano simply isn’t good enough to make such complaints, or any demands of that nature. He wants to bat leadoff but does nothing a proper leadoff hitter should do. He’s probably the worst fielding outfielder in the NL. He already has 7 errors and that does not take into account all the balls he misplays. He’s already whiffed 80 times in just over 300 at-bats. That number might be acceptable if he were to hit for more average or get on-base more. But he doesn’t.
As for his “I wouldn’t have come today ready to play” comment, that’s one of the most aggravating things for a fan to hear. It’s the exact opposite of what a leader would say or do. A leader would say that while he was unexpectedly sat, he’s ready to go if needed. Soriano doesn’t get that. He doesn’t get much.