SHEETS FINDS THE FIRE
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
It was never about dude's pitching, and not even really about his durability. It was about Ben Sheets' passion, or lack thereof. Well, it's back.
In my continuing effort to show I'm not unfair, I will praise Ben Sheets as quickly as I'll rip him. He deserves heaps of praise this week, after what he did Saturday night.
For the second time in a row, Sheets was nearing a complete game win after pitching a gem against the Astros. After walking a batter with 2 out in the ninth, Ned Yost got the hook out and told Benny he'd get that last out for him.
Here's the key... Sheets did not look happy about that! He appeared seriously angry about getting yanked one out away from another complete game.
Good. He shouldn't be happy about that. I'm not saying Ned didn't do the right thing, in fact I think he did. I am saying that a guy who cares, a guy who wants it, a guy who's passionate about the game and his team... that guy gets mad when he gets yanked.
YES! Finally! Get angry about it! Get nasty Ben!
That's the fire that's been missing from Sheets. The fire of the olympic gold medalist! The hunger!
He seemed indifferent for so long. Yeah, I'm hurt. Oh well. I'll just leave the game early. No big deal. Oh yeah, I'm not feeling great, so I'll go on the DL, and hey... them's the breaks.
Sheets is pitching well, and now seems to carry the attitude you want your ace to have.
As an aside... I love that Yost is sitting guys in favor of bench players who've come out and performed. Look fellas, It's not early anymore. It's June. If you're not getting it done, you're not playing.