Versatility has proven a trademark of the Tampa Bay Rays, who unleashed super-utility man Ben Zobrist on the baseball world and introduced us to openers.
I doubt they’ll take any credit for Blake Snell’s words and actions Wednesday. Yet the Rays southpaw managed to establish a novel versatility plateau.
Who knew one could exhibit tone deafness while successfully claiming the moral high ground at the same time?
The 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner created a social-media earthquake on Twitch (a live streaming platform for gamers, I learned about five minutes ago) when he checked in regarding the ongoing discussions between players and owners about starting a 2020 season in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown. Snell’s money quote, pun intended: “Y’all gotta understand, man, for me to go, for me to take a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof. It’s a shorter season, less pay. I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, OK? And that’s just the way it is for me.”
Snell never should’ve said that publicly. And no one should ever fault him for feeling this way.
We already know of the disagreement between owners…