I got the urge to ask some questions, but things didn't go as I would've hoped.
Should Delmon have gave you that interview? Perhaps, it would've been a nice thing to do,;in spite of what you've written in the past about him, but is there anything productive coming from the column other than driving a wedge between a player and a community? Delmon's never been arrested that I know of, but yet the Tampa media still treats him like he's Elijah Dukes' right hand man, both out there breaking the law day after day, I understand he's arrogant, and as you noted, that's something this team has never had.
"In Delmon's defense, he doesn't like me. If I may speak for him, and I
suppose I have to, I'd say he hates me. Which doesn't make him unique,
or even misguided."
The relationship is less than ethereal, but did you really need to talk for him? Look at Schilling and Shaughnessy up in Boston; both dislike each other, but you don't see stuff like that from Shaughnessy, or Schilling for that matter. I guess I'm asking; why from you?
B.J. Upton is the same way, both are surly youngsters, but I don't see nearly this much distaste thrown his way, I mean where were you calling for B.J. to grow up after being arrested for a DUI? Or asking Delmon what the hell he was thinking after throwing that bat, in fact where were you when Delmon talked to this guy about a month ago:
And gave this quote: "I don't really care about myself. I'm just trying to win," the 21-year-old outfielder said. "We're not in first place, we're not above .500, so it doesn't matter what I do."
I think you got your wish Mr. Romano; it's unfortunate for you that part of Delmon's maturity is, well, simply ignoring you.
RJ - DRays Bay
We'll see how, if rather he responds, I was respectful of him, hopefully he returns the courtesy, oh and yes, the thought of "If I may speak for you, and I suppose I have to, you hate me..." but I went the respectful, non sarcasm way.
Seriously, if you want to have a legitimate discussion of the column I'll be happy to talk to you.
If you've already decided I am beyond hope, that is cool too.
Just let me know.