San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable being the first hitter faced by $100 million Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn’t exactly the kind of confrontation you’ll be telling your grandkids about. Or even your coworkers.
But that doesn’t mean Venable and Darvish can’t turn this into the kind of feud only baseball players could get into. The headline of this ESPN article would have you believe that Venable objects to even the concept of Yu Darvish, but really it’s just to the suggestion (by Darvish, through an interpreter) that Venable didn’t “square up” the double he hit off Darvish in their first meeting. This line of questioning led to this gem by Venable:
“I would have liked to hear a little more humility from the guy. To each his own. He’s a confident guy. Of course I didn’t square up a ball because he’s Yu Darvish.”
“Of course I didn’t square up the knife because he’s The Juice, Sincerely Nicole” Wait, sorry, that was my email to the Jim Rome show after reading the