Michael Young was traded away from the Rangers this afternoon, and his number one fans, also known as the local sports media circuit, were a little upset. Chief among those angered was Evan Grant, the beat writer for the Dallas Morning News. Grant has had issues in the past with impartiality when it comes to Young and his true impact on the field. You might remember him as the guy who voted Young for MVP in 2011 based on things like "leadership" and "character." Never mind that his actual numbers (.854 OPS, 3.7 WAR) made him woefully unqualified for the award. He ignored Young's awful 2012 campaign as a "slump," despite posting the worst WAR in all of baseball.
Grant was always quick to defend Young for his two different trade demands after the Rangers had asked him to move positions, referring to the incidents as "sacrifices" for the betterment the team.
So, when word came down Young was to be shipped to the Phillies, Grant took to Twitter to defend his guy in the face of ungrateful fans. Here's what he had to say:
I'm a shill. According to avatar, you have beers for manbreasts. Shill wins. RT @robshelby10: media shills will have to find another source— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) December 8, 2012
According to Twitter world, the most heinous crime an athlete can commit: Demand a trade.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) December 8, 2012
@tubintbrown I'm fine. It's probably what needed to happen for everybody. I just don't think the personal attacks are really necessary.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) December 8, 2012
That last one about staying classy is interesting, considering Grant had tweeted this just a few minutes earlier:
Young out; Tuberville out; Cowboy in jail. And we haven't even gotten to the Heisman Trophy ceremony tonight. Sunday paper gonna be good.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) December 8, 2012
So, to recap: getting excited about a tragedy because your Sunday sports section will be packed? Totally cool. Mentioning that a player had complained twice about having to move positions? Classless. Glad that's all settled.