This doesn’t really have any bearing on whether or not Carmen Fusco deserved to be fired as Seattle’s professional scouting director–which has been confirmed by various other sources since the initial reports this morning–but David Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner shared an interesting story about the time Fusco took part in a blog get-together:
Fusco went through about half of the two dozen water bottles we had provided on stage. Everyone I talked to couldn’t stop talking about how much water Fusco drank. It was the story of the day.
Fast forward to last August. I went to Burlington to watch Pulaski, the Mariners rookie level affiliate in the Appalachian League. … Sitting behind me? Carmen Fusco. I introduced myself, and we started talking about the event in January. He talked about how he had a great time, and it was something he would love to do again. I brought up the water drinking, and here’s a paraphrase of his response:
“You want to know the story behind that? I was in so much pain, and I was just trying to stay hydrated. I went home when it was over and passed two kidney stones.”
Carmen Fusco spent four hours talking baseball with USSM readers on a Saturday in January while passing two kidney stones. And he had a blast doing it. After that, he could strangle puppies in front of my bedroom window at 2 am and I would still be a fan of his.
I’m sure further details about his firing will come out soon enough, but for now it certainly seems like Fusco is being made into a scapegoat for the assorted ugliness in Seattle this season.