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Washington Times calls Michael Morse dumb, says the Nats are better without him

Jun 13, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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Some serious high road avoidance was taken by Thom Loverro of the Washington Times earlier this week. In his column he basically decided to call former National Michael Morse stupid:

Michael Morse wasn’t the sharpest pencil in the box in the Washington Nationals clubhouse when he was here. Nice guy, good for some laughs, but if the clubhouse ever had to show up for a collective IQ test, let’s just say it would be a good time for Morse to take one of his many trips to the disabled list.

Why does he get called dumb? Because Morse reiterated his displeasure at the Nationals shutting down Stephen Strasburg two years ago. And, apparently, because Morse said nice things about the fans in San Francisco compared to the fans in Washington.

Obviously people have different opinions about the Strasburg thing, but I don’t think it’s a matter of intelligence like Loverro says it is. No matter what you may have done in that situation, there is no set of hard facts or evidence that suggests you were 100% correct. Personally I’d love to have pitched Strasburg in the playoffs, but I have no guarantee that’d he’d do better or that he wouldn’t have hurt himself. Loverro thinks differently and thinks anyone who disagrees with him is a dolt. He has no definitive evidence to support his case either.

But more than just classless for calling Morse dumb, Loverro’s column is plain wrong too. He says the Nationals are better off without Morse. This despite Morse putting up way better numbers playing mostly left field than the Nats’ primary left fielder in Bryce Harper‘s absence — Nate McLouth — has. And Adam LaRoche missed time at first too. Think having Morse cover for those two might have been a good thing for the Nats?

Just a weird bitter column written, apparently, as a sop to those fans who took personal offense to Morse not saying Nats fans were the best ever. Which is a really silly basis on which to waste column inches.

(via BTF)



  1. ccmf69 - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    I’ve seen every Giants game this season, and Morse has not embarrassed himself in left, or at first…

  2. zdravit - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    That was actually a pretty sweet burn.

  3. billybobyall - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    This loverro sounds like a real douche. What gives him the right to question a player’s intelligence? Why do it a couple years after Morse is gone? Why not say it to his face? Because he hides behind his computer. Obviously, I’m a GIANTS fan. Morse has been a breath of fresh air. He’s done nothing to irk the team or its fans. The guy has fun has helped the GIANTS to win more games this season than any other team – at this point of the season. To you, leverro, you are guilty of DOUCHEBAGGERY!!

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