Originally written on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 2/27/12
Diamondbacks_vs_giants_7fd2

What’s up with all the Giants-bashing going on these days from the disgruntled and bitter members of San Francisco’s discard pile?

Last week, it was Cody Ross telling reporters how much better it is in Boston than San Francisco.

Then, yesterday, Aaron Rowand spewed out a bunch of garbage about the Giants, followed by a line of excuses longer than his best hitting streak.

Rowand, who is in the Miami Marlins’ spring training camp as a non-roster invitee, told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, “I haven’t been this excited about a season—and baseball itself—in a while. The last couple of years [in San Francisco] definitely weren’t as enjoyable as I would have hoped.”

He then made some excuses as to why he played so poorly in San Francisco:

“I just got shuffled in and out of the lineup, and it was tough to get a rhythm.”

And…

“Physically, it’s a difficult park to hit in…The gaps in that place are 404 in left-center and 421 in right-center, and because it’s only 309 down the line, the right fielder doesn’t play straight up. He plays in right-center. So when you hit line drives to right field or right-center field that you think are base hits and they end up outs, mentally you kind of feel like there’s no hits for me over there, and you start getting into bad habits.”

Even winning a World Series ring wasn’t good enough for Rowand:

“[Winning the World Series] was tough. We pulled together as a group. But as much as we all had fun and loved being around each other, there’s a part of that that’s difficult if you’re not getting consistent playing time. When you feel like you’re not performing to your capabilities, it becomes stressful.”

The Giants certainly overpaid for Rowand when they signed him to a five-year, $60 million dollar contract four years ago, following a 2007 season in which he batted .309 with 27 HR and 89 RBI for the Philadelphia Phillies.

He never came anywhere close to that kind of production again.

And, sadly, the Giants are still paying.

Rowand, who batted .233 with 4 HR and 21 RBI last year, will earn another $12 million dollars this season whether or not he catches on with the Fish. If Miami does sign him, the Giants will save about $480,000 (the league minimum, which will be paid by the Marlins).

Rowand used to carry the nickname “Crash,” because of his fearless style of play in the outfield. And I’m sure Phillies fans will always remember this play.

These days, I hear he goes by “Crash And Burn.” Because that’s exactly what’s happened to his career.

Despite his obvious bitterness, I’ll admit I’m kind of pulling for A-Row.

Hey, $480 grand is $480 grand, right?

I hope you enjoyed reading "Aaron Rowand bad mouths Giants, makes excuses." I'm interested in your opinion on this article. Why not leave a comment at 22gigantes.com?


GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Redskins owner not blocking RG3 trade

10 takeaways from Week 3 of the NFL preseason

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

Chicago Bears release two-time Pro Bowl CB Tim Jennings

Indians president Mark Shapiro jumps to same role in Toronto

Tom Coughlin: Victor Cruz not expected to practice this week

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

D'Angelo Russell: 'There's a lot of spoiled Lakers fans'

Terry Collins didn't challenge double out of fear of HR

Has Tim Lincecum thrown his last pitch for the Giants?

Jerry Jones is enthralled with ‘vintage’ Darren McFadden

Report: Three NFL head coaches were interested in Michigan job

Odell Beckham Jr. is not intimidated of Darrelle Revis

Five big storylines for the 2015-16 NBA season

Most crucial player for each remaining playoff contender

Five NFL teams that should trade for Robert Griffin III

U.S. Open women's preview: Can anyone stop Serena?

Buffalo Bills need to start Tyrod Taylor at quarterback

WATCH: Broncos defender drops Reggie Bush, skirmish ensues

U.S. Open men's preview: Will there be a surprise champion?

Big Papi crushes Syndergaard pitch for 494th homer

Virginia Tech honoring slain journalists with helmet stickers

AJ Green on contract: 'All the receivers are getting bank'

Clippers owner rejects $60 million annual TV rights deal

Saints thank residents of New Orleans on 10th Katrina anniversary

Fan delivers In-N-Out Burger to Tyler Seguin during game

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five NFL teams that should trade for Robert Griffin III

10 takeaways from Week 3 of the NFL preseason

Cubs' Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

Chicago Bears release Tim Jennings

U.S. Open men's preview

U.S. Open women's preview

D'Angelo Russell zings Lakers fans

Every NBA division's most interesting rookie for 2015-16

Fantasy football round-by-round draft strategy

Ronda Rousey's Carl’s Jr. ad

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker