Mets utility man Jordany Valdespin on Saturday night was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas and, according to Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger, did not take kindly to the news. Castillo writes:
... the exuberant utilityman snapped in anger in the visitors' clubhouse at PNC Park, yelling furiously while his startled teammates looked on, according to two people who witnessed the episode.
The witnesses requested anonymity to speak freely on the matter.
Bullpen coach Ricky Bones had to calm Valdespin down, according to one witness.
“He's not helping himself,” one person said of Valdespin. “Everyone gets upset when that happens. But you just need to shut up and pack your bags.”
As for the profane particulars, here's what Mike Puma of the New York Post passes along ...
Was told Valdespin had a confrontation with Terry Collins and called the manager a "c - - ksucker" and demanded to be placed on the DL.— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) July 15, 2013
Yeah, you can't do that (if true, of course).
As Castillo notes, Valdespin previously vexed the organization by, among other things, "pimping" a homer during the course of a four-run loss to the Pirates ...
Of course, the real problem is that the 25-year-old Valdespin is batting .188/.250/.316 this season. That's why he's being sent down. If the numbers were better, then Valdespin's blow-ups would be evidence of his highly competitive nature. Since the numbers are lousy, they're attributable to, say, immaturity or misplaced ego.
In sports, almost every value judgment traces back to performance.