Player Brewers fans loathe #4: Former Cubs SS Javier Baez
And last but certainly not least, it’s Javier Baez. Now this one may fade away a little more and more if he stays away from the NL Central, but when he was a part of the Chicago Cubs, he was the type of player that would make you pull your hair out as an opposing fan. He was a solid player for them, there’s no denying that, but he’s not the most humble guy in the game.
He was never shy about pimping a home run, putting some extra flare on a routine play or talking trash if he felt like it.
And some of my personal feeling of distastefulness towards him comes from nothing even he can control…the constant barrage of social media posts about him. I understand that you want exciting players to be the face of the league but we don’t have to post every tag he ever makes on a steal attempt. I’m looking at you, MLB Instagram page.
Here’s a classic example of a time you just shake your head in disgust towards a passionate player like Baez after blowing a lead late in the game.
Player Brewers fans loathe (Dis)Honorable Mention – Tony La Russa
While Mike Shildt was inching his way closer, if there’s a coach that Brewers fans aren’t particularly fond of I would think it has to be Tony La Russa. Granted we don’t see La Russa much anymore, but he was something to behold in his days with the Cardinals.
There’s this instance where he wasn’t happy with Nyjer Morgan’s response to a strikeout back in 2011 and said Morgan, “had to get a clue”.
And then there’s this gem of a clip that same year when LaRussa in a roundabout way suggested that the Brewers were throwing at Albert Pujols…..so naturally the Cardinals decided to drill Braun in the back, but LaRussa wouldn’t really admit to it. And he wasn’t happy with the reporter inquiring about the incident.
In the end, someone has to play the villain role. The joy as a fan when your least favorite player strikes out in a key spot is second to none. Most of these guys are all just competing hard and playing with the emotion they did when they were kids. It’s really all in good fun…besides you Manny Machado. You will never have my respect.
So I’m curious, which player(s) did I miss? Who really irks you as a fan of the Brewers? Let me know in the comments below!