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Todd Frazier and Adam Eaton’s deliciously petty beef is reaching ‘Real Housewives’ levels

Baseball beef is a special kind of beef because, good lord, can baseball players hold a grudge. Think about Hunter Strickland throwing at Bryce Harper two years after he felt like Harper had shown him up. Think about CC Sabathia vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, whose beef should be a TV show because it comes in seasons.

Todd Frazier and Adam Eaton may be rewriting the record book on baseball players holding onto petty beefs — and it’s reaching delicious, “Real Housewives” type levels.

Frazier, now with the New York Mets, and Eaton, now with the Washington Nationals, used to be teammates on the 2016 Chicago White Sox, a team that’s just ripe for a 30-for-30 one day. It was the White Sox team that exiled young Drake LaRoche from the clubhouse. And the White Sox team that caused Chris Sale to cut up his throwback jersey and get sent home.

Somehow the Frazier-Eaton beef has outlived both of those things — and heck, Drake LaRoche might be able to vote by now. Frazier and Eaton had to be separated during Monday night’s Mets-Nats game in NYC.

Has anyone considered the very real possibility that one of the reasons why baseball has had trouble creating stars among the broader public lately is the sense that the sport is dominated by petty jerks who are unappealing if you spend any time thinking about them?

 

QLE Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: adam eaton, feud, todd frazier

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   1. J in the Slope Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:54 AM (#5844533)
Eh, I doubt anyone wants to spend any time thinking about the person Kyrie Irving is. Or even Kevin Durant, Michael Jordan, Draymond Green, or Kevin Garnett (and I desperately want Kevin Durant on my team).

Meanwhile, baseball couldn't make David Wright a gigantic star when he was in his 20s. How is that even possible?
   2. jmurph Posted: May 22, 2019 at 09:17 AM (#5844538)
Eh, I doubt anyone wants to spend any time thinking about the person Kyrie Irving is. Or even Kevin Durant, Michael Jordan, Draymond Green, or Kevin Garnett (and I desperately want Kevin Durant on my team).

Basketball twitter, mainstream writers, and fans in general, actually seem to spend a great deal of time doing exactly that with Kyrie and Durant, especially. Bad examples!
   3. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: May 22, 2019 at 09:50 AM (#5844551)
So, in recent weeks, Rhys Hoskins, Jesse Winker, Chris Paddack and Adam Eaton have taken issue, loudly and publicly, with the Mets, their fans and some of their individual players. I'm having a hard time trying to remember when a team coming off 2 losing seasons -- and well on their way to a third -- had such a big target on its back. Or why.
   4. Howie Menckel Posted: May 22, 2019 at 09:56 AM (#5844554)
Frazier and Eaton were shown talking amicably on the field before last night's game. This writer will be devastated.

Paddack took offense to Alonso being justifiably voted NL rookie of the month for April. Winker got a kick out of Mets fans' verbal jousting. am not clear on Hoskins' issues.
   5. formerly dp Posted: May 22, 2019 at 10:13 AM (#5844561)
I dunno, I thought Winker was just having fun? It was really enjoyable to watch.
   6. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: May 22, 2019 at 10:46 AM (#5844577)
I thought Winker was just having fun?


Maybe he was "just" having fun, but it looked like he was being a real dick-bag to the fans. Him K-ing 3 times and getting tossed mid-AB in the finale was pretty sweet.
   7. formerly dp Posted: May 22, 2019 at 11:03 AM (#5844587)
But that moment was so much sweeter in light of his constant jawing with the fans. It was one of those "if you don't enjoy this, why are you watching baseball" series of events for me. YMMV.
   8. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 22, 2019 at 12:53 PM (#5844643)
Basketball twitter, mainstream writers, and fans in general, actually seem to spend a great deal of time doing exactly that with Kyrie and Durant, especially. Bad examples!

Yeah. If anything, I think the outsized personalities in the NBA - including the petulance of some of its stars - is what makes it fun to follow. Baseball needs more petty jerks. I can't imagine a "Game of Zones" version for baseball would have enough content to mine.
   9. Fiore Gino Posted: May 22, 2019 at 01:08 PM (#5844648)
Baseball needs more petty jerks

Well the MLB Network loves them some Trevor Bauer & Alex Bregman so that's a start.
   10. The Good Face Posted: May 22, 2019 at 01:30 PM (#5844653)
Yeah. If anything, I think the outsized personalities in the NBA - including the petulance of some of its stars - is what makes it fun to follow. Baseball needs more petty jerks. I can't imagine a "Game of Zones" version for baseball would have enough content to mine.


Couldn't hurt. One of the reasons the NBA has become a 365 day a year entertainment product is, in large part, because of the big personalities of many of its stars, and their various beefs with each other and their teams. Remember how many breathless stories we got earlier this season over Kevin Durant/Draymond Green's silly little tiff?

The NBA has successfully incorporated the soap opera drama of professional wrestling with an entertaining athletic competition. Meanwhile baseball struggles to market Mike Trout, who has a legit shot at being the greatest player in the history of the game. But personalities aside, I think baseball is really hurt by being such a team game where no player, no matter how great, can singlehandedly carry a team to a title, or even the playoffs. Could you imagine if Mike Trout were a basketball player? We'd be treated to an endless stream of stories speculating over when/whether he'd demand a trade to a team that could assemble a championship supporting cast for him.
   11. Bote Man Posted: May 22, 2019 at 06:20 PM (#5844756)
Todd Frazier and Adam Eaton’s deliciously petty beef is reaching ‘Real Housewives’ levels

Try as I might otherwise, I can't help reading this as "delicious beef patty" and keep getting hungry.
   12. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 22, 2019 at 09:28 PM (#5844793)
Mike Trout, who has a legit shot at being the greatest player in the history of the game


Unless Mike learns to pitch a little, this will not happen.

Mike also happens to play the same position as 2 guys named Mays and Cobb who were quite good back in the day, so he's got a bit to go to be considered the greatest CF of all time.
   13. Man o' Schwar Posted: May 22, 2019 at 09:38 PM (#5844797)
Never mind.
   14. Bug Selig Posted: May 23, 2019 at 07:16 AM (#5844838)
Unless Mike learns to pitch a little, this will not happen.

Mike also happens to play the same position as 2 guys named Mays and Cobb who were quite good back in the day, so he's got a bit to go to be considered the greatest CF of all time.
Apparently, the meaning of "legit shot" is more obscure than I would have thought.

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