Sidney “The Sandwich” Ponson

Coming from and growing up in Aruba is what I blame.

Live life like it’s always Spring Break and this is what you get.

Your release from a team with gaping holes in it’s pitching staff despite going 4-1 with a sub-4 ERA.

According to T.R. Sullivan, Sir Sandwich was released for a variety of reasons, mainly pertaining to selfish acts unbecoming towards the team. 

Per Mr. T.R.:

“Daniels declined to discuss the specifics and Ponson was unavailable for comment, but team sources said Ponson was put on notice after creating a serious disturbance at the hotel bar in St. Petersburg during the team’s last road trip. He was told that further problems would not be tolerated.

Two more incidents occurred this week. Ponson started with three days’ rest on Wednesday against the Indians and allowed six runs in four innings. Only two were earned because of three errors committed behind him, and Ponson reacted furiously after being taken out. His actions were interpreted as “showing up” his teammates.

The second incident occurred when manager Ron Washington informed Ponson on Thursday that he would be pushed back in his next start so that Kevin Millwood could start Tuesday on his regular four days’ rest. Ponson would have pitched on Wednesday on six days’ rest. Ponson wasn’t happy with that decision and made his feelings clear in a heated discussion with the manager.”  Full story.

Let me be clear, I was rooting for this guy.  He’s always intrigued me, both with his stuff and his off the field antics (again, I do have a TMZ side that shines from time to time). 

I even went as far as to say he could potentially be the saving grace for this season (he was for April/May atleast, right?)

I hold nothing against the front office for letting him go.  In fact, I applaud it.  The team always comes first, ALWAYS. 

If you don’t get it, then, well, you just don’t get it and noone can explain it to you.

According to Evan Grant at the DMN Blog, Michael Young broke his finger the day Sandwich was released (click here). 

Not trying to stir the pot but I’m calling a left hook to The Sandwiches’ meaty jaw.  And Sir Sandwich better be glad that Milton Bradley didn’t unleash some fury on him, Milton would have ripped his head off.

If MY did, then good.  In my book he just took a step closer to justifying that huge contract of his.

It is clear to me, and anyone with a brain, The Sandwiches’ main problem is the bottle. 

As noted in earlier entries I believed Ponson’s fluff, I thought he had atleast hid the hooch from himself til the offseason. 

I believed this because of a simple fact…..he had no more chances due to horrendous seasons in Baltimore, New York, St Louis, and Minnesota.  But, this just shows that the bottle, unfortunately, always wins.

Hopefully, his success between the lines in Texas will not parlay him a deal with another franchise. 

Atleast til Sir Sandwich dries his liver out and starts 12 steppin’.

If the Nippon Ham Fighters come a callin’ that’s a different story….oh, the irony.

2 comments

  1. cmcdade@apple.com

    I wish they could have traded him, but say goodbye to another fat, lazy, spoiled, worthless waste of talent that would never be part of a winner. I applaud JD for pulling the trigger. Plus, I was scarred the Rangers were going to be .500 at the break and trade away all the young talent for Mike Mussina (See Ryan’s earlier article).

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