About a week and a half ago as pitchers and catchers reported spring training, the Sun-Times' Chris De Luca sat down for a brief chat with White Sox-turned-Ranger Brandon McCarthy for what seemed to be your standard pre-season catching up with departed teammates piece. In the interview, McCarthy made a couple of comments that I didn't really think too much about when I read them over my morning McGriddle.
That changed when I turned on the radio later in the day to hear ESPN 1000's Mac, Jurko, & Harry ripping into McCarthy and Boone Logan, who had been quoted just the day before about his "mental breakdown" last season, for their inability to fit into a clubhouse full of genuinely good guys (AJ excluded) and to deal with the transition to the big league level. I could tell that afternoon that I'd eventually be writing this piece. I'm just surprised it took this long.
Like I said, McCarthy's comments didn't seem too bad, though they did give some additional insight into the circumstances surrounding his departure.
"[With the Sox] I was constantly hearing, 'This is what we don't like. This is what we think you are doing wrong. This is what's bad, this is bad.' It always seemed to be focused on the negative. Here, it's just, 'Here is your spot, and we expect you to do well and we think the world of you. Let's see you go do it.'
"And that has made it a lot more comfortable. To finally have that support, instead of wondering, 'What's going to happen next?' in terms of something negative."
Ozzie talks McCarthy @ 12:15 mark.
After Guillen fired back at McCarthy, including saying he was hanging out with the wrong friend in the clubhouse (Anderson) and that he probably lost the White Sox about 5 games last season, both Kenny Williams and McCarthy were very diplomatic in their retorts, trying to avoid any further controversy.
I think we've seen this thing run it's course, but I wouldn't be doing my job here -- and I know I haven't been doing it very well lately. For that, I apologize -- if I didn't make at least a passing mention of the exchange. It's better than thinking about the fact that our starting pitching has yet to record a strikeout while getting lit up in 4 games in Tuscon.