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Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin wants us to forget about his '09 collapse

Mar 7, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

ryan franklin posing.JPGRyan Franklin had a pretty exceptional 2009 season, all things considered.  He finished with a 1.92 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 38 saves in 43 chances, filling a role for the Cardinals that looked to be a major question mark this time last year.  But reporters this spring have decided to focus instead on the four saves he blew down the stretch and the nine earned runs he allowed in his last 9 2/3 frames of the regular season, and Franklin is sick of hearing about it, or something.

“I didn’t let it bother me,” Franklin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “The people who write in to
the papers don’t make the decisions on me. … To be blunt, I don’t know why we have to keep talking
about it when that was last year. This is a new year. I’m going to try
my best to be strong until the end of the year.”

Listen, Ryan, nobody likes hearing about their shortcomings, but trying to control the message is rarely worth the effort.  Just ask Tiger Woods.  Perhaps we should have learned our lesson about the Cardinals closer when he voiced his unconscionable frustration over MLB’s new gun policy a few weeks ago.

  1. Jeff J. Snider - Mar 7, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    “Perhaps we should have learned our lesson about the Cardinals closer when he voiced his unconscionable frustration over MLB’s new gun policy a few weeks ago.”
    I can’t tell if that was just a lazy way of linking to another post of yours, or if you actually think Franklin’s stance on guns and his frustration with the media are connected in some way. Because the only way they are connected is if your overarching thesis is “Everything Ryan Franklin says or does is wrong.” And that, my friend, would probably be more “unconscionable” than Franklin’s stance on guns in the clubhouse.
    As for this particular article, I will continue to delight in Franklin’s struggles, but I will focus my memory on game 2 of the NLDS (aka “The Happiest Day of My Life”) (don’t tell my wife).

  2. Old Gator - Mar 7, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    And I want to forget my first wife. Good luck to both of us.

  3. RP - Mar 7, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    I think Drew’s looking to get more hits from people offended by his use of “unconscionable.”

  4. YX - Mar 8, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    I’d think bring hot firearm into workplace is pretty unconscionable, especially MLB has set the policy for a while and Franklin never bothered to find out, but that’s just me.

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