Brendan Ryan doesn't have many friends in St. Louis.
After a public blowup by ace Chris Carpenter, who showed up Ryan on the field and then had choice words for him in the dugout after Ryan was late to take the field, many wondered if the shortstop's days in St. Louis were done. They were indeed, as he was shipped to Seattle this winter.
When asked if the Cardinals would miss Ryan, closer Ryan Franklin sneered "Yeah, sure. Alright," on KFNS 590 AM in St. Louis Friday. Asked to elaborate, Franklin said Ryan was consistently tardy to buses and practices.
"It's just the things he done. He did it too many times. If you're tardy once, don't be tardy again. It just kept happening," Franklin said.
It should be interesting to hear what Ryan has to say about these allegations, but Carpenter's blowup about Ryan's tardiness to take the field suddenly is a lot less surprising.
Ryan's got a great reputation as a slick fielder and in his best seasons, can pass for a pretty darn good starter. But if he keeps this up, eventually he will run into the last time he'll ever be given a chance to be late.
-- Evan Brunell