It’s Not You, It’s Me
I had to laugh at poor Kyle Kendrick the other day who was talking to the Philly media for the first time since he was not resigned. It seems as if Ruben gave him the old “it’s not you, it’s me” line, except you can substitute “the team” for “me”:
“[General manager] Ruben [Amaro Jr.] called me about a week after the season and said, ‘We’re going to go in a different direction, we’re going to go younger,’ ” Kendrick said, “and then he signs Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams. So I was like, [huh?]. That’s the way it is. Honestly, I think it’s just part of the game and he wanted some different faces. That’s the way it goes.”
Clearly, Amaro was trying to be nice, like when Andy Reid told Vince Young to look to join another team because he was too good to be a backup. He wasn’t, of course. Kendrick seems to figure it out in the quote that it just wasn’t about age when he mentions Harang and Williams, but then follows it up with the rationalization that Amaro wanted “different faces”. No, Kyle, he wanted better pitchers. Kendrick had an ERA of 4.70 and 4.61 his last two years on the team and has an MLB-worst ERA of 6.70 and a WHIP of over 1.5.
This kind of reminds me of the following Seinfeld scene: