Mets pitcher Nelson Figueroa had a rough night last night. The Washington Nationals smacked him around, beating the Mets 10-4 and those darn Nationals, they actually had the nerve to be happy about it, and that got poor Nellie all mad. He got madder than the the time David Wright stole his blankie and wouldn't give it back.
According to Newsday, in response to National players cheering in the dugout, Nelson had this to say:
"They were cheerleading in the dugout like softball girls," Figueroa said. "I'm a professional like anybody else, so I take a huge offense to that. If that's what a last-place team needs to do to fire themselves up, so be it. I think they need to show a little more class and professionalism. They won tonight, but in the long run, they're still what they are ... For the manager and coaching staff to let that kind of stuff carry on, it's truly unprofessional. That's why they are who they are."
Memo to Nelson, if you don't like last place teams cheering when you're pitching, you might want to think about getting someone out. Maybe if they got to face you and your 5.12 ERA every night, they wouldn't be in last place. I'm not a Met fan, but I'm guess a lot Met fans are taking huge offense at the way you are pitching.
Baseball has a lot of unwritten rules, many of them I find retarded, so I did what any good blogger would do - I googled "unwritten rules" and baseball. Turns out, I got 164,000 results. Now I didn't go through all of them, but I'm guessing somewhere in there, cheering for your own team must be on a list of "unwritten" rules.....so at least Nelson has that going for him - which is nice.
However, Nelson might want to avoid the Asbury Park Press and their story today which says that his feel-good story fading away fast. If Nellie reads that, he might take his ball with him and storm off the playground.