Top 10 All Star facts with David Letterman
warning: baseball rambling/rant coming up. read at your own risk/boredom.
Look, I will be honest here: I find booing CJ Wilson because he left the Rangers to be a rather ridiculous reason. It would be one thing if the Rangers made countless overtures to CJ during the offseason, and then he just spurns them for the hell of it. I think it’s pretty apparent that the Rangers were very willing to move on from CJ Wilson this offseason; their attempts at “re-signing” him were not impressive, but they had no problem turning around and spending a good chunk of money to acquire Yu Darvish. So, honestly, what was CJ supposed to do? Lower his asking price just for the Rangers’ benefit when there were teams out there willing to sign him to his desired contract? No, I don’t think so.
However, all of the other reactions to CJ Wilson in his return to Arlington? Understandable. Some people want to cheer/applaud the guy for his great years with the Rangers and to acknowledge how he was such a vital piece on (arguably) the two best teams in Rangers history. Some people want to boo the guy for his attitude; let’s be honest, CJ Wilson was never a universally beloved figure during his time on the Rangers so obviously people now can take great pleasure at voicing their annoyance now that he’s on a different team. Some people want to boo CJ because he’s an Angel; hey, he’s on a division rival now. Players on division rivals often get booed for the sole reason that they play for the other team; this is nothing new here. And then you have the people who just choose to do nothing. Maybe it’s because of pure indifference or because they’re torn between two different stances. I, for one, find myself in that last group: I enjoyed CJ’s time with the Rangers, for the most part, but I cannot say that I enjoyed his personality during his entire Rangers career. Lately CJ has particularly rubbed me the wrong way, and I now indulge myself in joking and mocking since he’s no longer playing for a team I root for. (I chalk it up to the good ole AJ Pieryzynski line of thinking: “If he’s not on your team, you hate him. If he’s on your team, you hate him less. But this is besides the point.)
All of this does have a point, and it is that I can honestly see where Rangers fans are coming from when it comes to various opinions on CJ Wilson. And since he’ll have “two” welcome back games in Arlington this weekend, the dicussion amongst Rangers fans on how he should be greeted has been brought up and promptly beaten to death. I don’t see the point in arguing with people on how they should reaction and/or how they should feel, and I don’t think it’s hard to understand the different view points. But I have seen some people/fans/bloggers get SO offended over what the reaction should be, and it’s just ridiculous. CJ Wilson has and will be a polarizing figure in baseball, especially within the Rangers’ fandom, and you are never going to get people to come to an unamious agreement. Just give CJ your welcoming of choice, don’t antagozing other fans about their opinions, and then get on the same page as everyone else: cheer for the Rangers to beat CJ and the Angels and say hello to the win column again. It’s really not that hard or that crazy of a concept; I don’t see the need for all of this crazy drama.
CJ Wilson - Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!! CJ IN HIGH SCHOOL!
chix dig me.
Getting Blanked introduces ‘Free Agent: Paper Dolls’ featuring CJ Wilson. Which team do you want to see him go to?
"I don’t know if he’s running for president in 2012, but I’ll vote for him."
CJ Wilson playing for the LMU Lions.
Mike Napoli and Mitch Moreland celebrate CJ Wilson’s first complete game shutout, 9/6/11.
CJ Wilson’s now on Formspring, but this answer might never be topped, okay.