Have a look at Sidney Ponson’s line from last night: 5.2 innings pitched, 10 hits, 8 EARNED RUNS. That’s right, 8 runs in 5 innings. If you watched the Twins/Yankees game last night, you absolutely witnessed a re-run of what happened here for the better part of 8 years.
Honestly, I could have sworn Sidney went directly from an Orioles uniform to that of a Minnesota Twin. As I could tell at first glimpse, Sidney still doesn’t approach conditioning from a serious perspective. His pitches were up in the zone and never really appeared to establish any rhythm.
I suspect this stint with the Twins will go the same, short route as his opportunities with the Cardinals and Yankees. This is certainly not intended to be a “Bash Sydney” blog. However, I simply find it sad that someone who possessed such raw talent and ability never applied himself or overcame the nonchalant ethic that’s proven to be the standard of his career.
Remember 1998 ??? “Sir” Sidney was gonna be the next big thing here in Baltimore. To their credit, the Orioles were supportive of the young, impressionable prospect. They and we endured the run-ins with law enforcement and late night escapades with fellow bad-boy, Scott Erickson. Honestly, the Orioles did everything they could for the guy … they went beyond their obligation. From a humane perspective, it was the right thing to do.
These days, though, I would think Sidney is running out of chances. At 30, he’s certainly approaching the crossroads in his career. In Minnesota, the leash will be awfully short. They’re a competitive club, year after year. You can bet that Terry Ryan didn’t build his resume by allowing guys like Sydney to stick around too long. This could be very brief tenure.
To compound Sydney’s plight, there’s a kid named Matt Garza pitching for the Twins’ AAA affiliate. He had a very good spring and is certainly bound to be getting a plane ticket for the bigs, real soon. If Sydney turns in another performance like last night, Garza’s “soon” will occur in April. I’ll bet it.
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