Could this actually be the end of the line for Aruba’s favorite son? The pitching-starved Rangers tired of Sid’s shenanigans and sent him packing Friday night.
Texas general manager Jon Daniels was vague about the reasons for the decision, saying Ponson had been dumped “for disrespecting teammates and club personnel.”
“I’m not going to get into details other than to say that we’re clearly trying to put together a team here in the true sense of the word … and based on recent comments and other such things, it was pretty clear that he didn’t want to be part of that,” Daniels said. “That’s not something we’re going to tolerate. We want guys who want to be here, guys who are going to pull for their teammates and be proud of the organization.”
Ponson had actually been one of the bright spots in the Rangers rotation this year, ending his run there with a 3.88 era and 1.56 whip. The Rangers staff leads the league with a 5.05 team era this year, effectively offsetting the 5.55 runs a game Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Milton Bradley and Co. are putting on the board.
Sid has spent most of his career teetering back and forth between ineffectiveness and douchiness, at times a perfect balance of the two. Take a moment to think about some of the dbags you know at your place of employment. Now imagine that one of those particular dbags is one of the company’s top performers in a department that is understaffed and lacking talent. Now imagine that in spite of the company’s need for this employee they decided to cut him loose, simply because he was douche embodied. Can man even comprehend that level of douchitude?
Sid the Kid’s numbers have been good enough that there may be a chance he catches on with someone yet this year. Hell, he caught on with the Rangers this year after his diarrhea inducing stint with the Twins.