Couple of quick thoughts about Dan Haren’s display of frustration in the Arizona dugout last night after being removed for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning:
– You have admire his honesty after the game in saying point blank that he’s frustrated with being 0-3. He didn’t try to obfuscate at all. We always appreciate Haren’s interviews because he gives thoughtful answers and really tries to avoid cliches.
He also went out of his way to say that his intention was not to show up manager Bob Melvin in any way.
– You can understand his frustration. His team has scored a total of one run in his three starts. That’s simply unbelievable. There’s no question he should be sitting with a 3-0 record right now instead of 0-3.
– All that being said, it was something that never should have happened, because regardless of his intent he did show up Melvin as well as his teammates.
While Haren has a right to be frustrated, he’s not the only one that is feeling that right now in that clubhouse. Think the hitters are happy with the way things have gone. They have been awful, they know it, and they absolutely would like to be doing better.
And how about Melvin? This is his team. Think he likes watching the way the first 10 games of the season has gone? Think he would have liked to have thrown a few helmets or slammed a few bats after watching the losses pile up?
Like I said, this is not meant to be a rip at Haren. He’s a hard worker, a good teammate and a good guy who just got caught up in the moment. I would be willing to bet it’s something you will not see from him again.