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Brian Sabean Should Stop Whining and Spurring Death Threats on Scott Cousins

Brian, in a position he's best suited for- in the stands and outside the lines.
Brian, in a position he's best suited for- in the stands and outside the lines.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Jordan ClarkeContributor IIIJune 3, 2011

The San Francisco Giants new sponsor next year might be Kleenex.

I hate to see grown men crying, especially crocodile tears. Brian Sabean’s case of the sniffles stemming from the May 25th collision between Giants catcher Buster Posey and the Marlins’ Scott Cousins is turning into a chronic case of whine.

By now, we all know that Cousins is the worst outfielder of all time. In addition to taking out Posey, Cousins is an insufferable egomaniac who has won 7 MVPs, had a 73-home run season and been implicated in steroid use.  For the past week, Cousins has been the victim of death threats, shooting holes in the idea that Giants fans are a nice, peace-loving, fun, intelligent group of people.

The next round of threats on Cousins is being led by Sabean, choosing to hurl brush back pitches from the comfort of a radio station. In an interview on Thursday with KNBR of San Francisco, Sabean called Cousin’s hit on Posey last week “malicious” and hinted that Cousins would get his comeuppance:

“He chose to be a hero in my mind, and if that's his flash of fame, that's as good as it's going to get, pal. We'll have a long memory. Believe me, we've talked to (former catcher Mike) Matheny about how this game works. You can't be that out-and-out overly aggressive. I'll put it as politically as I can state it: There's no love lost and there shouldn't be."

Problematic. One should be careful getting advice on hitting from Mike Matheny. Last time I checked, he couldn’t hit water falling off a boat. By the way, Sabean, calling for retaliation makes you different from the person who beat Bryan Stow into a coma in what way?

Sabean should stop trying to B.S. baseball fans. If this was anyone else other than Buster Posey, this wouldn’t be the overblown story that it is. The fact that Cousins has to apologize for playing the game well within the rules of baseball is ridiculous.

I hope that the next time he’s running home on a bang-bang play, he does the exact same thing, cleaning out the catchers clock, because that’s what he’s paid to do. Anything less is a disgrace to the players who played it before and the people love the game.

A note to Buster: You’re a world champion, stop being a coward, make a statement and put this situation to bed. Address this situation before Sabean makes another weak-ass, emotional comment in the mold of a victimized studio-gangster.  

Sabean’s not playing between the lines, he’s not going to be the one on the field fighting the next time the Giants play the Marlins, and he’ll trade you five years if you even show any glimpse of tip-toeing the Mendoza line.

Besides, do you really want the “Buster Rule” to show up as a footnote in the chapter “The Decline of Modern Baseball” along with steroids, interleague play and the watered-down expansion of the MLB playoffs?

Sabean, do us all a favor. Let the players handle this one.  Stick your nose into a book of sabermetrics and figure out how San Fran is going to go back to back.

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