Man I’d love to see one of these from Ruben: Last night on Twitter – in now-deleted tweets – former Padres player and third base coach (under Bruce Bochy) Tim Flannery went in on Padres fans. Apparently Flannery gets tweets every once in a while calling him a “trader” for leaving for the Giants with Bochy. He doesn’t appreciate it (edited slightly for clarity):
Ok. One time only. You Padre fans who drift on my site, challenge me to manage, rag on me for betrayal. Here’s the deal one time. One time only. We got run out of your town, me and Boch, after we won. We have lived with “your traders come back and win for us.” We won in SF for many reasons. If you don’t win in SF you get run out-of-town. Everyone, the gm, the coaches, players. Owners, they get the players, and pay to keep them. You Padre folks lose after pounding your chest about “winning the offseason” and give all your young studs away (you should, you can’t pay them in arbitration years anyway) you then get draft picks, and your starting lineup will be lots of rule 5 guys, players no one protected. But sell the sizzle of the season “we got draft picks.” Your draft picks will be gone before 2 percent ever makes it, (remember they haven’t even been signed yet). Then you have the ignorance to tweet me, shame me, while your team only won ever when we were there, but that you makes experts. But you’re not the history of that team, we are.
Though they lose you support them, enable them, demand nothing from your ownership and feel great calling them your “hometown team.” You get what you demand. Leave me alone.
People create history where they are, who they become in that moment. I’m a Giant for life, you all allowed the organization to do whatever they wanted, and so did Giant fans, but don’t diss me with your Padre loyalty. There were two World Series you ever went to. I was on those teams. It’s time now to grow up, get over it, quit demanding from me, and quit being fooled by some smoke and mirrors. Quit being ignorant. You can’t even write now your starting lineup, no one knows. Is that weird to you? You don’t think maybe I’m not the problem and you all should hold the team accountable?
I’m done playing with gloves on. Leave me alone. I am part of baseball history, even in your town. You do something for once. But I’m not feeling guilty for winning 3 in 5 years. I know what the demands took from me as a man, a husband, a dad, a coach. Coach Flan. Don’t be a hater. Get your head out of your arse. Educate.
Demand to win.
Just in case you are taking Flannery’s side on this, here’s a terrible song he wrote about the 2012 Giants’ World Series: