Erik Bedard hates you, but you’ll never hear him say it. Jarrod Washburn, on the other hand, hates you and isn’t afraid to let you know.
Lately, a lot of people have been making their opinions on Washburn public, including the guys over at USS Mariner, who had this to say. The basic consensus is that Jarrod Washburn is a jackass. He’s Erik Bedard with a voice, which means he’s angry and telling everyone about it.
To be honest, I can’t blame the guy. He’s basically sucked his whole Mariner career and no one appreciates it. He’s getting paid waaaaaay more than he’s actually worth, and the fans don’t like that. So we pick on him, and he lets us know he doesn’t like being picked on. Makes sense, right?
You can’t fault Jarrod for signing his bloated contract. I mean, if you were offered a salary much greater than you were actually worth, you would probably sign it too. Nobody’s perfect. However, that contract goes both ways. At the time you sign it, you’re excited to be earning so much money, but you know you can’t live up to the terms. You’re just not that talented. And Jarrod should have understood that when he inked his deal. He was signing himself away to figures he could never meet when it came to performance. He was earning ace money, when in reality, he’s more of a fourth or fifth starter.
But Jarrod knows all this already. Jarrod knows that everyone hates him. I mean, unless you have some kind of weird chipmunk fetish or something. “Nobody ever says it to my face,” he said. “I think most of those people who do that … they hide behind their computer and write it online and do all that and nobody ever knows who’s saying it. Lots of people can do that.” Like me, for example.
Of course, at the same time, when asked to assess his performance of last season, Jarrod probably overestimates himself a bit. “On paper, you look at it — and [people felt] I sucked,” he said. “I mean, I wasn’t very good. But I didn’t suck.” Interesting analysis. I would say you sucked last year, but that’s just me. You were horrible when we were in contention, and as soon as the playoffs were an impossible dream, you all of a sudden turned it on (right around the trade deadline, no less).
Add that to the fact that you were a jerk to your teammates, especially catcher Kenji Johjima. He’s Japanese. You’re from the midwest. I can understand how you might not get along, but Christ, at least make an effort. You’ve been a d-bag to this guy for at least an entire year, ripping him in public, and even showing him up in games with your attitude and reactions during his mound visits. It’s unfortunate that your performance is down, but the big reason no one likes you is because your personality blows. You know Seattle. We’re big on personality in our athletes. Just ask your teammate, Junior.
I want you to play great this year, Jarrod. I want your absolute best. And I expect it too, because it’s a contract year. I hope you turn it on early, and then come July we can hopefully pawn you off on a contender. That would be the ultimate scenario. So don’t let me down. Don’t be a cancer in the clubhouse. Don’t give up the gopher balls. Just go out there, be a pro, and earn those millions upon millions that we’re foolishly paying you right now. If you can do that, you’ll hear nothing from the likes of me and other disgruntled fans out there. Good luck.