Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News caught up with Edgar Renteria on Sunday, and the World Series MVP soundly as if he’s moved on from the acrimony of offseason contract negotiations with the Giants.
And Giants should as well.
But MoreSplashHits is still stuck on remarks Renteria made during these negotiations — when he called the Giants’ $1 million offer “disrespectful” — and reiterated on Sunday.
“It’s not about the money, you know?” Renteria said. “For me, it’s about pride.”
Oh, we’ll then that’s OK, right?
And then he later added: “I’m not going to play for anybody for $1 million. I’d rather retire.”
So … then .. it WAS about the money.
This is MoreSplashHits’ biggest pet peeve — athletes who sign free-agent deals and say “It wasn’t about the money.”
It was entirely about the money … unless you sign for less — not more.
Maybe MoreSplashHits has a different perspective about money than Renteria does. But we just have a hard time trying to figure out how a guy who has averaged about $9 million a year over the past seven years can say no to $1 million but yes to $2 million.
That’s like someone who has been making $270,000 a year for seven years losing his job. Then saying “no way” to a $30K-job, but yes to a $60K job.
We just don’t get it. But Edgar has his reasons, we’re sure.
And MoreSplashHits is not upset that Renteria is gone. We figured he’d be gone, even after his great postseason. We were frankly surprised that the Giants made that $1 million offer, especially after signing Miguel Tejada and tendering a deal to Mike Fontenot.
We couldn’t figure out how Renteria was going to figure into the mix. As it is, the Giants have 14 players in camp battling for 13 roster spots. How were they going to make room for Renteria?
Renteria says he holds no bad feelings toward the Giants. And Giants fans should hold any ill will against Renteria. Renteria is looking forward to getting his World Series ring when the Reds visit San Francisco on June 8, and we hope he gets a rousing ovation at AT&T Park.
All this hub-bub over the “disrespectful” comment could have easily been avoided if Renteria had said this upon signing with the Reds:
“After last season, I thought about retiring. Then I thought about the minimum requirement in terms of salary and playing opportunities that it would take to get me to return for another season in the majors and away from my family. In the end, the Reds met that requirement, and the Giants did not.”
If Giants fans heard that, they’d be just fine.
So before he opens his mouth again on the topic of the offseason negotiations, Renteria should call MoreSplashHits. We’d offer him with a little public relations help.
And we’d gladly work for anybody for $1 million a year.
Edgar Renteria had another huge day at the plate as the San Francisco Giants survived to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 in 13 innings on Friday.
Renteria went 3 for 5 with a double, and home run. His double led to two runs in the seventh. His two-run home run off Billy Wagner tied the game in the ninth.
So the Giants are now 4-0 on the young season, even though they almost “Bochied” it.
The Giants cleaned out the bullpen and the bench on Friday, using 21 of the 25 players on the active roster to earn the victory.
In the series in Houston, More Splash Hits was starting to wonder about manager Bruce Bochy’s penchant for double switches and late-game defensive replacements often puts the Giants thin on bench players.
Given that the Giants decided to carry 12 pitchers, it only leaves five bench players on game day.
Here’s how Bochy managed Friday’s contest.
Top of the fifth: Brandon Medders replaces Jonathan Sanchez on the mound.
Bottom of sixth: Nate Schierholtz hits for Medders.
Top of seventh: Guillermo Mota relieves Medders
Top of eighth: Waldis Joaquin relieves Mota; Dan Runzler relieves Joaquin; Eugenio Velez replaces Mark DeRosa in LF in double switch.
Top of 10th: Travis Ishikawa replaces Aubrey Huff at 1B/Brian Wilson relieves Runzler in double switch
Bottom of 10th: Eli Whiteside runs for Bengie Molina
Top of 11th: Sergio Romo relieves Wilson
Bottom of 12th: Andres Torres hits for Romo
Top of 13th: Jeremy Affeldt relieves Romo
It’s hard to debate most of Bochy’s moves. The bullpen gave up one run on four hits in 8 2/3 innings pitched, even though the pen also walked seven batters.
But the one curious move came in the 12th. Pablo Sandoval led off with a bloop double down the left-field line. At this point, Bochy needed to make one of two decisions: 1) used Torres to pinch-hit for Romo, and allow Torres to try to drive Sandoval home; or 2) opt to sacrifice Sandoval to third. Bochy opted for the latter, but why use Torres for this. Why not use one of his four starting pitchers on the bench to bunt Sandoval to third? Instead, he burned his final bat on his bench.
That left Ishikawa and Whiteside to bring Sandoval home. They didn’t. Ishikawa his a slow chopper to second. We don’t know why Sandoval wasn’t running on contact. The ball was weakly hit and Sandoval had a fair shot of scoring. Instead, he left it to Whiteside, who struck out.
Fortunately, some aggressive running and good breaks in the 13th got the Giants out with the win and without having to go on playing any longer.
In the 13th, Uribe walked (the Giants’ only walk of the day). He stole second. Aaron Rowand swung and missed on the pitch, and his backswing made it difficult for Braves catcher Brian McCann to make the throw to second. The throw went into center and Uribe went to third.
Rowand then pulled the ball into the hole at short. The Braves’ Yunel Escobar made a play on the ball, but could not throw Rowand out, and Uribe scampered home with the win.