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Padres veteran: Latos' comments "just not smart"

Sep 30, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

Mat Latos’ comments yesterday about how awful and unfair it was that the Giants go out and acquire players in the middle of the season didn’t go over very well around these parts.  They also didn’t go over very well with his own teammates, it seems.

Dan Hayes, who covers the Padres for the North County Times, just tweeted that “a veteran Padres player expressed disappointment” at Latos’ comments, saying “it’s just not smart.”

I agree.  And I’m not sure which veteran Padres player it was who said that, but let us note that two minutes after that tweet Hayes tweeted some things Adrian Gonzalez had to say about some other stuff.

But that doesn’t mean it was Gonzalez. Perhaps Hayes just works his way around the clubhouse quickly.

  1. HomeHalfwayDotNet - Sep 30, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Grow up, Mat. Your former GM put together the most amazing motley crew in my lifetime, and your team has as much talent and raw skill as nearly anyone. You literally sound like you’re 7 years old and you didn’t get that extra scoop on your ice cream. Be happy and grateful you have the winning team you do, so early in your career especially.

  2. btberry - Sep 30, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Hey Mat, you’ve been flat out horrible since your loss to the lowly Diamondbacks back in early September. I don’t think the problems have as much to do with tiring physically as being mentally weak and losing focus down the stretch. True aces work through these times without falling apart.

  3. geoknows - Sep 30, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Well, it’s not like he’s the first 22 year old to say something stupid. Veteran teammates will set him straight and he’ll learn.

  4. Filmter - Sep 30, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    The Padres got two “sluggers” to help them down the stretch. Bad move for that ballpark, they should have got an arm to take innings off their gassed staff. Small ball is the padres game and they blew it. They won’t make the playoffs and the Giants will win the division. Maybe Mat will be happy that they were in 1st place most of the season and the core group that broke camp will have fun watching the playoffs together.

  5. SouthofHeaven - Sep 30, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    I read it fast & thought it said that he claimed that Latinos just not that smart..

  6. matt - Sep 30, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    You have to wonder about a guy when there are 10 stories during the year about how he’s “not as much of a jerk anymore”. Especially when he himself is one of the guys saying “Im not so much of a jerk anymore”. Im not a san diego guy but apparently Latos has for years been labled as arrogant, immature, bad teammate, etc. This is going back to his high school days. Even the photo that gets used for him when whatever broadcast is televising his game just oozes arrogance. In the last story I read about him Latos admitted that one of his defining moments was when he was watching a movie with a relative over the holidays and the relative finally had enough of him and finally told him off, so this guy has been a jerk with his own family. I believe that a person can learn and grow from their mistakes sometimes and sincerely change for the better, but for the most part when people are just so far gone than its impossible to truely change, especially when you have to keep trying to convince everyone that you’ve changed. This guy strikes me as someone who will always have that bad part of him simmering inside waiting to explode at any minute. This guy just oozes arrogance.

  7. Old Gator - Sep 30, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    For a guy whose team couldn’t have choked any harder if they’d all swallowed walnuts together Jim Jones style, that’s quite a whine line, isn’t it?
    .
    Come to think of it, Craig, now that the ever sartorial Mike Celizic is no longer with us, who gets to take over the “Whine of the Week” column? I’ll be available, and reasonably too.
    .
    By my own standards, I mean.

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