Farnsworth reentered our lives on Monday night with a tweet that seems like yet another largely inoffensive swipe at the modern ballplayer’s injury-coddling ways, but reads like something far more destructive when you take a deeper dive.
Or, at the very least, an extremely irresponsibly-sent tweet.
But, again, this is Farnsworth we’re talking about here. Every single thing he’s ever done has been wildly off target.
Farnsworth sat down on Labor Day Monday at 7:08 PM, grabbed his Blackberry Curve, and fired off this wonderful tweet, criticizing “a MLB player” for taking a day off with “general soreness” in mid-September.
Reading the tea leaves, it seems likely that player was Trey Mancini, who missed the 2020 season while undergoing cancer treatments.
Ex-Yankees reliever Kyle Farnsworth took an unearned swing at Trey Mancini.
Mancini, the likely Comeback Player of the Year, can take a necessary maintenance day whenever he needs to. As a matter of fact, so can any player!
Mancini specifically, though, has earned eternal slack after rounds upon rounds of chemotherapy that (thank goodness) eradicated his colon cancer, which was caught early enough in the process for the treatment to take.
If he happens to be sore past the 130-game mark of a season in which he’s hit 21 homers with a 109 OPS+ — and didn’t get an All-Star Break, considering he finished second in the Home Run Derby — that seems like a fine reason to take Monday off.
Swiftly, the sports world came to Mancini’s defense, deflecting Farnsworth’s generically hurtful words in what appears to be an extremely non-generic situation.
The roasting of Farnsworth was, of course, centered on his historic erraticism, as well as the fact that a former starter who swiftly became a short reliever didn’t really need to be taking shots at an everyday player’s motor.
After all, if Mancini could psych himself up to play one or two innings in the field every single day, this game would be even easier for him than it already is.
Farnsworth attempted an apology tweet on Tuesday morning — the bare minimum — but then, by the end of the tweet, he’d gotten angry again? At the same thing?
My favorite variety of apology tweet right here. Not even close. The type of apology where the person genuinely begins it sincerely, but after mentioning a few of the cornerstone buzzwords they were angry at in the first place, they begin to reenergize their own frustration, until they reach the end of the phrase and it’s right back to, “Back in my day…”
A solid attempt at saving the whole she-bang, but Farnsworth sort of gave away the game when he attempted to transition his frustration to “players” when his initial tweet was clearly centered around one singular player.
Apologies to the hypothetical fan who didn’t get to see Mancini on Monday, but everybody needs a day on occasion, and we’re all lucky that minor wear and tear is the only thing the O’s slugger is currently dealing with. Farnsworth’s take ended up juuuuuusssttt a bit outside here.