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They could have at least sent a card
2006-07-19 16:42
by Bob Timmermann

Toronto first baseman/DH Shea Hillenbrand let loose with a profanity-filled tirade that he thinks will get him traded. Hillenbrand was upset that no one from the Blue Jays organization congratulated Hillenbrand and his wife for adopting a child.

I sent the Hillenbrands a cradle made out of ebony that I shaped myself in my own garage.

I'm still waiting for a thank you.

Update As you probably know the Blue Jays designated Hillenbrand for assignment today after he refused to sit on the bench.

2006-07-19 16:57:27
1.   Icaros
I'm quitting my job because nobody at work congratulated me for finding a quarter at the corner of Post and Taylor two days ago.
2006-07-19 16:59:09
2.   DXMachina
I take it this means the Hillenbrands won't be naming their new child "Rogers Hillenbrand."
2006-07-19 17:00:11
3.   DXMachina
1 - At least you'll have the quarter to tide you over until unemployment kicks in.
2006-07-19 17:09:21
4.   Bob Timmermann
Apparently, Hillenbrand was bound for L.A. of Anaheim earlier for Adam Kennedy, but the two sides couldn't equalize the salaries.
2006-07-19 17:38:02
5.   Jon Weisman
I don't know about a public tirade, but I'd be hurt.
2006-07-19 18:09:12
6.   Sam DC
Maybe Jon's next open blog question should be: "What would it take to launch you into a profanity-laced public tirade?"
2006-07-19 18:26:54
7.   Suffering Bruin
"They are making me feel like I did something wrong," Hillenbrand said.

IF the Blue Jays are giving him grief for taking time off for adopting a kid, then fie on them. I don't think it's that simple though the quote above would suggest Toronto is not a touchy feely kind of organization.

2006-07-19 19:39:34
8.   StolenMonkey86
The reminder about the blasting of the 3-4-5 hitters in the lineup by Ricciardi makes me wonder if they'll try to trade with Oakland for Milton Bradley.
2006-07-19 20:28:05
9.   Philip Michaels
Blue Jays to Hillenbrand: You're cut, Shushie.

2006-07-19 20:34:37
10.   Daniel Zappala
Hillenbrand for Adam Kennedy would make a lot of sense for the Angels.
2006-07-19 20:55:09
11.   gpellamjr
Bob, as usual to offer something worthwhile to this website: "...noone from the Blue Jays organization congratulated HIM and his wife..."
2006-07-19 21:07:27
12.   joe in toronto
You're hilarious Timmermann (and Icaros). It's well known that there are serious problems with JP Ricciardi's regime (which includes manager John Gibbons). Their incomprehensible tirades over the last few months have alienated the players, and their treatment of Shea was simply the last straw for him.

Hillenbrand feels bad enough about having to leave his team for a few days to adopt a child (I guess you guys would have let the wife take care of it, right? Oh wait, there are legal papers to sign - oh well, she can just forge your signature). Have you guys ever had to miss an important game because of a personal issue, such as - oh, let's say - a family member getting married?

So Shea returns to the team, itching to play and make up for lost time, and then - guess what? The manager refuses to let him play, humiliates him in front of his teammates, and no one from Blue Jays management speaks to him (If they had, they obviously would have mentioned his adopted child - "Hey welcome back, Shea. So, what's new?")

If you have any doubt that Blue Jays management is the real cancer, just listen to what the other players have to say over the next few days.

2006-07-19 21:09:08
13.   moghopper
uh... Congratulations on those posts everyone.
2006-07-19 21:15:39
14.   grandcosmo
12. Why the hostility?

Considering my job gives me 3 days off for a death in the immediate family I'd say that giving a guy 4 days off to complete an adoption is extremely generous.

BTW, nobody ever comes off well when using the phrase "little people".

2006-07-19 21:24:03
15.   Bob Timmermann

What pronoun problems?

2006-07-19 21:28:21
16.   gpellamjr
15 You fixed it beautifully. Lucky for us that english hardly inflects nouns.
2006-07-19 21:33:23
17.   Bob Timmermann
I shall use no pronouns any more forever!

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