Smack talk is not my favorite mode of conversation, but I do respect true artists of the genre. If you’re committed to it, if you can back it up and if the mix of humor and hate is appropriate, it can be entertaining on occasion.
In contrast, bad smack talk is horrible. Ill-thought-out disses and slams and smack infused with mere kneejerk reaction as opposed to true inspiration rarely plays well. And it’s a total failure if you don’t own it and truly commit.
A great example of the latter instance was on display on Twitter last night following a Carlos Gomez home run against the Braves. Gomez, as he tends to do, made a bit of a show out of his very long homer. There was a mild bat flip, but not much of one, to start things. When he got to home plate, however, he did a dab thing:
Not the most over-the-top thing you’ve ever seen, but enough to set former major leaguer Rob Dibble off:
Gomez saw this and responded:
And Dibble — busted — backed down:
The best part of this is that, several years ago, when Dibble was fired from his job as a Nationals commentator for mocking Stephen Strasburg for leaving a game WITH A TORN LIGAMENT, his big defense was, in essence, “hey, I say unpopular things sometimes and you all have to suck it up and deal with my truth bombs.” Now he can’t even offer up some smack talk on Twitter without quickly backing down the moment he’s confronted.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
The Dodgers announced that Jamey Wright is going to announce his retirement today.
Wright sat out last season after being released by the Rangers during spring training, and signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers back in February to give it one last chance. That chance didn’t pan out — he gave up nine earned runs in six and two-thirds innings this spring — but at least he went down pitching.
Weight enjoyed a 19-year major league career, split between starting in the earlier half and then becoming a reliable bullpen option in the second half. He ended up pitching for ten different teams, spending more time in Colorado — six seasons — than anyplace else. He actually did two stints with the Rockies, being drafted by them in the first round in 1993 and breaking into the bigs with them in 1996 and serving a second tour at Coors Field in 2004-05. For his career he was 97-103 with a 4.81 ERA (96 ERA+) in 2,036 and two-thirds innings over 719 games, 248 of which were starts.
Happy trails, Mr. Wright.
Matt Harvey did not travel with the team to Jupiter, Florida today because he had a “non-orthopedic doctor’s appointment.” The Mets did not say what it was about, but now they are saying that he is being shut down for the spring. What’s more, when asked about how this impacts his season opening start against the Royals on Sunday, Mets manager Terry Collins, when asked about Harvey said “it’s hard to say about Opening Day.”
This is all kind of weird, especially given the unusual lack of details regarding a player’s health. But we presume there will be updates in due time. In the meantime, here’s hoping it’s not serious.