Angelo got the ratio on Twitter this morning:
Mike Trout thinks it’s too much to ask baseball players to start the season under quarantine. He’s making $36 million a season, but he sees only “red flags” about a plan to return. Trout is nothing more than another pampered, spoiled brat. It’s time to unmask the Millville fraud.
— Angelo Cataldi (@AngeloCataldi) April 16, 2020
Let me give you some background.
Trout spoke to NBC Sports yesterday and touched on plans to resume the Major League Baseball season while voicing a couple of concerns:
“I obviously want to play as fast as we can. Get to a city, maybe Arizona, they’re throwing out Florida … but being quarantined in a city, I was reading for — if we play — a couple of months, it would be difficult for some guys. What are you going to do with family members? My wife is pregnant, what am I going to do when she goes into labor — am I going to have to quarantine for two weeks after I come back? Obviously I can’t miss the birth of our first child. There are a lot of red flags, there are a lot of questions. Obviously we would have to agree on it as players. I think the mentality is that we want to get back as soon as we can. But it has to be realistic. It can’t be sitting in our hotel rooms, and just going from the field to the hotel room and not being able to do anything. I think that’s pretty crazy.”
I don’t see anything really truly objectionable in that response. Perhaps it’s a little tone deaf to talk about going back and forth from the hotel to the baseball field, when you’re making millions of dollars and a lot of other Americans would love to be in your situation. Maybe we could take slight umbrage with that.
But yeah, he’s got a pregnant wife, and even if they do the central location thing in Arizona or Florida, he’d have to break isolation to leave, then jump through multiple hoops to return. That’s a situation MLB and the Angels would need to figure out.
There are, of course, some people who still think athletes are “pussies” for skipping games for the birth of children, but hopefully that take is dying out. Every person on the planet Earth should be there for the birth of a child, and typically athletes only miss a game or two before returning. This happens all the time.
Angelo, however, thinks these ideas make Trout a “pampered, spoiled brat” which is the most asinine take ever. Trout is the polar opposite of pampered and spoiled. The biggest complaint is that he doesn’t do enough to market himself or put himself in the spotlight. Rob Manfred literally came out two years ago and talked about the fact that baseball’s biggest star doesn’t even want to be a star. The problem is that he’s too passive and not selfish enough.
More proof here that Angelo doesn’t even try to be creative with his fake outrage these days. He just throws shit at the wall and doesn’t care if it sticks. You really have to be reaching to go after Mike Trout, of all people, who is universally respected as a humble family man, elite baseball player, and diehard Eagles fan.
The other funny thing is that a Yankees supporter from Rhode Island, who claims to speak for Philadelphia sports fans, is calling somebody from Millville a “fraud.”