Let’s look back at the recent history of Brad Penny, shall we? And yes, I am thrilled to get to use the “Penny being eaten by a tiger” picture yet again.
March 2009, Brad Penny hates Larry Bowa and the Dodgers:
“A lot of stuff went on last year,” Penny said. “There were a few people I didn’t get along with on the coaching staff that don’t respect people. I mean, me and Joe [Torre] got along fine. I just feel like nobody had my back there. You’re in the clubhouse and you have players coming up to you saying coaches are saying this to them about you. And that’s just not a good situation to be in.”
“Your boy Larry Bowa.”
March 2009, Larry Bowa hates Brad Penny:
You mean the same guy who was never on time, out of shape and has one complete game? He has more stuff to worry about in the A.L. East than me. He has to worry about getting people out. He was never on time, was out of shape and never helped the kids out. Put that on the (expletive) dot-com. Put it in the headline.’
He never watched the game (when he was on the DL). Jason Schmidt watched the games. Nomar Garciaparra watched the games. Mark Sweeney watched the games. You go right down the line, everybody who was on the DL watched the games. But not him. He was out of there.’
I’m in everybody’s corner when they work. When they’re lazy and don’t work. I could give a (well, you get the picture).
August 2009, Brad Penny curses Red Sox fans:
Not only did Brad Penny suck, but the cameras caught him saying “fuck you” when the fans booed him on the way to the dug out.
August 2009, Brad Penny quits on the Red Sox:
Veteran right-hander Brad Penny requested and received his release tonight in a move that clears a roster spot for reliever Billy Wagner and gives Penny time to join a new team before postseason rosters are set.
“I asked for my release and I got it,” Penny said.
August 2009, Giant fans still kind of hate Brad Penny:
There’s one thing that’s gnawing at me, though: the fact that I just hate Brad Penny so much. Besides Jeff Weaver, he’s probably the Dodgers pitcher I’ve hated the most over the past 10 years. He just looks like a guy you’re not supposed to like/root for. His body language is terrible, he looks like Surly Duff from The Simpsons, and he just always screamed “Dodger” to me.
September 2009, Brad Penny still hates the Dodgers:
If the Giants stay on rotation, Brad Penny will face the Dodgers, his former team, Sept. 13 in San Francisco. Told there will be 42,000 people at AT&T Park who hate the Dodgers, the newest Giant smiled and said, “42,001.”
September 2009, Brad Penny hates Adrian Gonzalez:
One of the runs came courtesy of Adrian Gonzalez, whose solo homer in the sixth, which made it 6-2, caused a stir between Penny and the Padres dugout.
Gonzalez took a moment to watch his 36th home run of the season sail over the center-field fence, something Penny didn’t appreciate.
Penny yelled at Gonzalez as the Padres All-Star rounded third base, and after he struck out Will Venable to end the San Diego half of the sixth, Penny clapped his hands and raised his arms in the direction of the Padres’ dugout.
September 2009, the Padres think Brad Penny’s crazy:
Later saying he’d never had a pitcher react so animatedly to one of his post-homer trots, Gonzalez heard Penny screaming at him as he rounded third and went to touch home plate, whereupon Penny removed his cap and aimed his vitriol at the Padres as a team.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Gonzalez said. “I did the same thing I do pretty much after every homer.”
And we get to see this fat lard on Sunday? Outstanding! I mean, it’s clearly just that the Dodgers and their fans were unfair to him, right? It’s not like he’s had any other issues anywhere, ever.
Get those hitting caps on, boys. Also, get the offense going.