Former Indians trade target Jonathan Lucroy is now a member of the Texas Rangers. It looked like for all the world last week that the former Brewers catcher would be a member of the Indians. (NOTE TO SELF: Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.)
Instead, Lucroy is now more likely to be persona non grata to Indians’ fans. To his credit, he seems to (hopefully) realize that he came off as a bit of an entitled you-know-what in the aftermath of the failed trade last week.
Lucroy “spoke” to ESPN’s Robert Sanchez in an effort that felt like his agent trying to scoop toothpaste back into an already exploded tube, but what’s done is done. Our only hope is that the Indians and Rangers meet up in the playoffs so Indians fans who can’t make the trip to Arlington can give Lucroy the full-blast volume of our displeasure.
He starts out with the perfunctory “family” quip:
“I have to look out for me and my family.” (Which, sure, what man doesn’t?)
The “It’s-Not-You-It’s Me” line:
“I know Cleveland fans are mad at me right now, but my decision had zero to do with the quality of their team.” (Agent-speak, but okay. Sure.)
It only gets worse from that point on, as Lucroy tries to explain his reason without explicitly saying so. I’d almost have better respect for the man if he just said he didn’t want to come to the Indians because the city of Cleveland has become a meme of itself. People on the outside have heard the putdowns, so everybody runs with it.
Lucroy would’ve been better off if he just said “Cleveland sucks!!!!”, because we pretty much know that’s what he’s thinking. There is absolutely no other plausible explanation of why he wouldn’t want to catch the best rotation in the American League. And he’s scared by Yan Gomes? PUH-LEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE. At this point, Gomes probably completely understands why the Tribe went this far with the Brewers in the hopes of making the deal.
So there we have it, from the man himself. Now it’s up to the Indians, and Andrew Miller, to make him question his decision.