Enough is enough. We've been putting up with him for weeks, but after his latest comments, it is high time that we shout from the rooftops that Bobby Abreu just needs to shut the hell up.
Quite simply, he's taken it too far. These are no longer the words of a frustrated veteran, but rather of an entitled, deluded buffoon who appears to be making it his personal mission to disrespect the Angels' franchise, management and even the fans.
This we cannot abide. To make sure that his general jackassery is fully appreciated, I present to you a complete timeline of Abreu's meltdown and all the damning comments he has made along the way along with the responses of the Angels interspersed. Read this and there is no doubt that you too will join me in my crusade to silence Abreu, even if that can only be achieved by him being released.
2/20 - Our journey begins with Angel management extending an olive branch to Bobby after rumors leaked to the press that he might prefer a trade. Gee, I wonder who leaked that?
"In talking to Bobby, he does want to play every day, but he's tempered that with an understanding of the potential of this team to win and he understands the situation," Scioscia said.
Look at the Angels taking Abreu's feelings into consideration and being proactive about working with him. You can't ask for much more from an organization. At this point, everything looks hunky-dory since Bobby has been "tempered" and has "an understanding." What a stand up guy that Abreu is! Glad that this all got worked out so quickly before anyone got their feelings hurt. Or not...
2/22 - Those trade demands become less rumor and more fact when Abreu takes to the media himself, despite his recent meeting with management.
"I'm an everyday player. I can still be in the lineup for a major league team," said Abreu from his native Venezuela. "I will not be on the bench knowing that I can play.
"If the Angels don't have a position for me, then the best thing is to trade me. It would be the correct (thing) to do. I won't be able to do nothing sitting in the bench."
Said Abreu: "Yes, I spoke to Scioscia, but the conversation had nothing to do about me being a bench player. He told me I will start one day in left field, another in right and another as a designated hitter."
"We are on the same page in the sense that we both want the team to compete and go far into the playoffs, but we never reached an agreement in respect to me becoming a bench player," he added.
"I want to play, and I believe I can help this team. But if there is no spot for me, then I would prefer to play somewhere different," said the left-handed hitter and two time All-Star.
When this first came out, it was perceived as Abreu being a bit frustrated and that he had a clearing of the air with Scioscia, but now that we know how he has behaved since, it reads in a totally different light. Notice the ultimatums and matter of fact statements. He will NOT be on the bench. NOTHING to do about him being a bench player. NEVER reached an agreement on being a bench player. I WANT TO PLAY!!!!! If this was the only time he said all of this, I could excuse it. Seeing your career end is not easy and he has a right to be upset about it. The problem is that this wasn't the end of it or even close to it.