Originally Posted by oregonred
RFS62 summed it up nicely.
The abuse Casey took around here was pathetic at best. The board was almost unreadable at times with the 15 threads a day on how Casey was the problem. Before Bender, remember the countless Konerko threads? I think the pro-Casey backers have been very considerate in the response to date.
Most of the board abuse centered around his 2004/2005 contract numbers (6.8/8M) and how the Reds could not compete with Casey's dollars on the roster. Beyond the daily threads, dismissing his leadership qualities and poking fun at his cheerleading are what annoyed me the most.
The month Casey puts up an .800 OPS stretch I'm sure the trade Casey threads will be filling up the screen.
No one is poking fun of Bender, he looks like a low-ceiling 27 yr. old prospect for a middling team.
Now Graves has been the 2004 whipping boy de jour despite a 1.07WHIP and sub 3 ERA.
The boys are 30-21. I know everyone is happy Case is having a great year. So, time to relax and have some fun!
OR, I think you need to go back and read those threads. In virtually every one of them, the point was made by even the most ardent anti-Casey posters that IF he indeed ever put up the numbers he is now putting up, he WOULD BE an asset and worth his contract.
The issue was NEVER that Casey was a problem in the abstract.
You also need to go back and look at Casey's career splits. He has behaved in this fashion in two other years, and the other half of those seasons were very bad.....so before you bestorw baseball sainthood on the Mayor, maybe you better wait to see if he can keep it up for 162 games first.