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There are rules to talking trash, messers. Phillips and Sanchez

Aug 10, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

First Brandon Phillips couldn’t back up the smack he spewed at the Cardinals, and now the Giants are unhappy with Jonathan Sanchez for his prediction that San Francisco would sweep San Diego next weekend:

Manager Bruce Bochy said some Giants were giving Sanchez a “hard time” about his statement,
and not in a good way. The teammates were said to be annoyed that
Sanchez made his bold prediction after he lasted only four innings and
allowed four runs in a 6-3 loss to the Braves on Sunday.

Trash talk is complicated business. My first impulse is to dislike it because I’m just wired that way, but I eventually come around to the idea that this is still a freakin’ game and a little color makes it way more enjoyable for everyone. Phillips and Sanchez aren’t putting my but on the line by whatever they say, and unless you believe that ballplayers are way more moody and fragile than all reason suggests they really are, it doesn’t mean the difference between winning and losing.

But I think we can all agree that there are rules about it. Rule number one: if you’re going to talk smack, you had better back it up (note: Phillips went 0 for 5 last night). Rule number two: when you just crapped the bed (Sanchez lasted only four innings against Atlanta) you had best save your talk for a couple of days.

  1. Utley's hair - Aug 10, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Are these unwritten rules of trash talk?

  2. THE godfather - Aug 10, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    ummm….just because he went hitless in a game hardly qualifies as unable to “back up” the smack talk. Last I heard, hitting a baseball was the most difficult thing to do. Last I checked, hitting the ball 30% of the time over 162 games was considered successful.

  3. AllThat - Aug 10, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    @THE godfather
    Hence going hitless is 0% not 30%.
    He didn’t back it up. Next time he should STFU.
    Baseball players talking smack should get drilled in the ribs the next time up.

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