Washington Football: Why Shaq Thompson's Baseball Struggles Are a Good Thing

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Washington Football: Why Shaq Thompson's Baseball Struggles Are a Good Thing
Shaq Thompson strikes out for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox. He went 0-39 with 37 strikeouts in 13 games.

Sometime in the last month in the great state of Washington, Steve Sarkisian sat in an office study, methodically rotating a pair of stress balls in one hand, watching a Gulf Coast League Red Sox game in silent darkness with a rocks glass filled with scotch whiskey.

Okay, I really have no way of confirming that, but if I was the head coach of the University of Washington football team and my star recruit was playing professional baseball all summer, I would not be taking it lightly.

Shaq Thompson played one year of baseball at Grant Union High School in Sacramento before being selected in the 18th-round of the MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox.

Since then, he has completely stunk for 13 games with the GLC Red Sox. 

Let me rephrase that: His play has been an abomination. Mind-numbingly awful. Unfathomably wretched.

In his defense, he played one season in high school! The last time he picked up a bat and stepped up to the plate competitively before 2011 was in sixth grade. No wonder he has gone 0-39 with a marvelous 37 strikeouts in 13 games with the GCL Red Sox.

Sure, reports from this article by Alex Speier of WEEI Sports in Boston suggest that Thompson is a hugely likeable guy. I‘m sure he is. But he can’t hit a baseball.

If I am Sarkisian, I am secretly rooting for his hitless streak to continue.

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