I think Carpenter has taken over the mantle of MLB player I dislike the most.
Some more background from this year. I attended a Dbacks/Cards game earlier in the year. During that game, Edwin Jackson hit Carpenter while he was batting, and Chris was furious, letting off a huge amount of steam that he did not appreciate getting hit. The benches started to clear but nothing happened and finally order was restored with Carpenter taking 1st base.Carp voices displeasure to Ryan over gaffe
Ace upset after waiting on shortstop to take field, get right glove
Shortstop Brendan Ryan hadn't taken his position yet, and Carpenter was ready to pitch. Worse yet, when Ryan finally made it to his position, he didn't have the right glove, so another pause was required so he could get the proper equipment.
It didn't sit well with the famously fiery Carpenter, who stared darts at Ryan's spot as he waited. The two retreated into the dugout tunnel after the inning ended, where Carpenter made it clear that he was none too pleased with the misstep.
The very next batter hit a slow roller to 2B. Carpenter was out by at least four steps, but still proceeded to take out Stephen Drew with a very dirty high slide. Drew of course, did not appreciate it and let him know by getting in his face about it.
The benches then cleared for real, and the guys from the bullpen came hustling out and some words were exchanged but no actual fighting took place.
While that was going on. Carpenter slunked out of the crowd, went to the dugout, got his glove, went back to the mound, then proceeded to bark at the umpires to clear the field so he could get started with the next inning. All from a fracas he started. Yeah I don't like that guy.