Big breaking news here:
Infielder Sean Rodriguez and the Miami Marlins are in agreement on a minor league deal, a source tells ESPN. Rodriguez, 34, played every position last year for the Phillies except catcher — and even had 1.1 scoreless innings as a pitcher. Good potential fit as a utility guy.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 4, 2020
Rodriguez, you’ll recall, hit a walk-off home run last year and then called out “entitled” Phillies fans, saying this, in part:
I’m not the one booing, I’m not the one screaming, I’m not the one saying pretty disgusting things at times. That seems pretty entitled; you’re just making yourself look pretty bad as an individual, as a person, and as a fan. You’re making guys not wanna basically sit there and say they’re gonna support you here, they’re gonna do this. That’s tough. There’s still a lot of good fans though. Those are the ones I hear, those are the ones I pay attention to.
S-Rod was, of course, booed when he played his next game following that quote. He then apologized or clarified or something along those lines, offering up this:
“I wasn’t trying to insult anybody with what I said,” Rodriguez told reporters. “I’m very similar to the Philly fan base. I’m a very passionate person. I’m a passionate player. I show up every day and I don’t leave anything in the tank.
“Could I probably have used different words? Yeah, absolutely. I could’ve said ‘love over hate.’ I do agree that the fans obviously pay to come watch a game and they feel entitled to want to say something.
It was a week long episode, this Rodriguez thing. Thanks for revisiting that with me, and taking a walk down memory lane.