It’s getting so damn touchy-feely in baseball these days. Yesterday we heard about how the Phillies don’t just like, but “really like” Jonathan Papelbon (is that more than like-like? Hurm). Today we learn that “deep down,” Terry Francona wants to manage the Cubs:
For his part, Francona says he is “trying to stay under the radar” with his unspoken candidacy, but a source very close to him says “deep down” he badly wants to manage the Cubs — for whom he played in 1986 while falling in love with Wrigley Field — and has told Epstein so.
Like. Love. Deep feelings. This is baseball, people. Big time professional sports. Suppress your emotions, will ya? Make them manifest themselves in unhealthy behavior later in life like all of the other athletes. Have this untenable conflict within you interfere with your marriages and family and lead you to a deep, empty unhappy place later. It’s what we’ve come to expect of you and, frankly, it wigs me out when you don’t do it.