I meant to post something about Jose Offerman’s latest violent on-field outburst when it happened over a week ago, but never found the time to make it happen. In fact, I had just deleted my bookmarks to relevant stories when along came the report that Offerman tried to throw down with an umpire because the man in blue spoke ill of his mother. The translated version of the story contained the following quote:
“He mentioned my mother in the classic tone of someone trying to offend a man, and that’s where my reaction came to throw a punch.”
That’s hardly the first interesting thing that Offerman and those close to him have said on the heels of this and his previous outburst. Below, three quotes from three different sources on different aspects of the two incidents:
A Dizzying Turn – Boston Globe, May 12, 2009
“If he got hit, it was because he tried to run behind me and take the bat, and that was an accident,” he said.
In other words, “I hit the catcher? Clearly, that was a mistake – I was trying to hit the pitcher. Actually, it’s the catcher’s fault for getting in my way.”
Victim of Jose Offerman’s Bat Rage Not Doing So Well – Deadspin, May 12, 2009
“Jose may have made a poor decision on that day,” says Offerman’s attorney, Frank Riccio II, “but the question now is, did he make a poor decision to the tune of $4.8 million?”
Yeah, many lawsuits are overblown, with way more money involved than is really necessary. Still – and maybe this is me projecting on the guy because he’s a lawyer and lawyers often get a bad rap – doesn’t this come off as sounding a bit, I don’t know, jerk-y? Like the next words out of his mouth could easily have been, “I mean, he’s playing independent baseball, he wasn’t gonna make $4.8 million playing baseball.”
Also: “…may have made a poor decision…”? May have?
Source: Umpire crew working during Jose Offerman incident to leave Dominican Republic – ESPN.com, January 18, 2010
“TV replays show that Rayburn falls [to the ground] when he loses his balance, but not because Offerman hit him,” Ravelo said.
The point wasn’t whether or not Offerman’s punch connected hard enough to cause the umpire to fall down. The point was that he threw the punch at all.
Baseball tends to be forgiving (unless you’re Barry Bonds or Jose Canseco). I have a feeling Offerman will land on his feet. It’s just a question of where.