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Twins Outfielder Might Regret Comments He Made About ‘Average Joe’ Baseball Fans

There has been much hand-wringing the past couple of days in the small corner of the world I live – the Land of 10,000 Lakes – Minnesota, for the layperson – regarding the less-than-stellar lineup Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire put out on the field for the rubber game between the Twinkies and the Braves on Sunday to give some of the starters a rest, a game in which the home team was whipped 7-3.

To put it mildly, it was dreadful. See for yourself right here – a murderer’s row of Brendan Harris (.160), Drew Butera (.135), Nick Punto (.221) and something called Trevor Plouffe (.130) batting in succession? Jebus. As a personal aside, because if I have learned anything about quality sportswriting from Peter King, it’s that people like it when the writer interjects meaningless personal details into the story. I bought my old man tickets to Sunday’s game for his birthday and to have my hard-earned (not so hard-earned) money wasted and my dad being forced to watch that horrible lineup whiff its way through the day makes Weed an unhappy boy.

Anyhoo, to the crux of the story (already): Star Tribune columnist Jim Souhan wrote a column published today shaking his finger at the unwashed, ill-informed masses that masquerade as intelligent baseball fans for their short-sighted, moronic criticism of Gardenhire putting that lineup out there on Sunday, defending that Gardy has the responsibility to rest his players now so they will be fresh in September. In the column, a comment made by Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer (he’s the one on the left in the above photo) was included where Cuddyer stuck his foot so far into his mouth he could practically smell his jock strap. The Twins outfielder made the following statement regarding how regular people cannot understand the trials and tribulations professional baseball players go through while earning millions of dollars while playing a child’s game:

“When you have the attendance that we’ve had, the expectations that we’ve had coming into the season, more people are following us, more people nationally are following us, more people are coming to the games to follow us, so the reaction doesn’t shock me. The average Joe just doesn’t realize what goes into playing every single day. Denard hadn’t had a day off all year, and he deserved it and needed it. This is how you manage your team over 162 games.”

Ex-squeeze me? Baking powder? The average Joe cannot understand how hard it is to be a baseball player? How we cannot even imagine how difficult it is to play six months of baseball while earning more money in one year than most people will earn in their entire lifetime? Granted, much more goes into the life of a baseball player than just playing the games. Most of then train hard incredibly hard all year long honing their skills and refining their craft. But to ignorantly insinuate that people who bust their ass 40 hours a week (or more) just trying to make ends meet and feed their kids and pay their bills cannot even begin to fathom the deplorable working conditions major league baseball players are forced to toil under is a ridiculous statement at best, profoundly insulting at worst.

Don’t get me wrong, as a Twins fan, I love what Michael Cuddyer brings to the team and by all accounts, he is a class act: an honest, decent family man who is incredibly charitable with his time and is the kind of hard-working, blue collar player every fan likes to see littering their favorite team’s roster. But sorry, that comment is just plain stupid – and believe me, I know stupid – no matter which way you slice it.

Sorry, fans, sometimes Twins need rest [Star Tribune]