For a minute, while I was reading this Baltimore Sun article about Baltimore Orioles’ third baseman Melvin Mora and his feelings of being “disrespected” by manager Dave Trembley, I felt for him. I felt sadness for a guy who has a long tenure with the team and a history of productivity.
Even though he hasn’t played well all season, I could even see how Trembley’s short time with the team would cultivate an idea of disrespect from Mora. The new guy wants to show the team that even in bad times, we do it my way. I get it.
What I don’t get, is why Mora in his entire soliloquy of ripping Trembley, would offer up a perspective from Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz as confirmation of the disrespect.
“He told me something like, ‘Why are you hitting seventh? I’ve never seen you hitting there,’” Mora said. He said something like, ‘You know what, I think I have the best manager in the world because he trusts his veterans.’ I said, ‘yeah, but Terry Francona has been in the league a long time.’ My opinion about this [situation] is it’s ‘what have you done for me lately.’”
So, you get a verified cheater, who is one of the few players in the league with a 2009 season worse than yours, to vouch for you? Really?
So long, Melvin Mora. Your term of service was admirable, and were this another team in another time, you likely would’ve finished with a place in the Orioles’ Hall of Fame.
Instead, you’ll leave after this season viewed as a whiny such-and-such who didn’t carry his weight just as the team was beginning to turn the corner. All that will remain is your nominal stats, and this video.