Updated Jun 26, 2013 - 8:01 am
Baseball needs Puig, even at Parra's expense
We're all reasonable baseball loving adults, right?
It's plain to us that the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig is great for the game. He gets eyeballs on the sport. Gets people talking about baseball…excited about baseball. The only thing I hold against him is that he is a Dodger; other than that he's fantastic for the sport of baseball.
Is it worth it if this attention comes at the expense of one of your own, namely Gerardo Parra?
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports wrote a column Tuesday about the push to get Puig in the All-Star Game despite his limited number of games played. Rosenthal isn't the only one pushing; I heard Colin Cowherd do the same on his show Tuesday.
The establishment -- in the form of Giants manager Bruce Bochy -- is pushing back.
Per Rosenthal, Bochy told SiriusXM radio that as the NL manager for the All-Star Game he'd have a difficult time selecting Puig for the game.
"I couldn't take away from a player who has been here and done it the whole half and been out there grinding every day and he doesn't go," Bochy told SiriusXM. "I couldn't look at that player. I couldn't look at myself, to be honest."
Rosenthal points out that one of the players who, perhaps, would suffer from a Puig selection would be Parra. Would he be the player who doesn't go so Puig can? Hypothetically he could be. So are we Diamondback fans or baseball fans?
In this circumstance, I'm a baseball fan first.
It's a showcase event or at least it should be. Sizzle over steak. A little more of a kegger and a little less of a thesis paper. Why would baseball want to keep the life of the party out of the second biggest bash it throws all year long?
If Parra's hypothetical All-Star bid got wrecked in the process -- and who knows if that happens or not -- well, in baseball, players sacrifice all the time for the greater good. Parra is having a very good season, filled with "did you see that" moments. But Puig has the kind of buzz that baseball needs to put on display. Even I, as a Diamondback fan and Dodger hater, can see that.
Dave Burns, Co-host of Burns & Gambo
- Miley struggles in opener, Phillies top D-backs: By The Numbers
- ESPN MLB insider Tim Kurkjian on trading Gerardo Parra: 'Maybe you've got to look at it'
- Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall: Bullpen is where trades may come from
- D-backs' Trevor Cahill struggles in loss to Detroit Tigers
- Dose of Venom: Tigers' bats doom D-backs in series finale
- Derrick Hall - D-backs president and CEO - Thursday July 24Derrick Hall talks about the approaching trade deadline.
- Bickley Blast - Wednesday July 23Kirk Gibson could be close to being a part of another miracle.
- Kevin Towers, D-backs GM - Wednesday July 23D-backs GM Kevin Towers talks about the upcoming trade deadline.
- Kirk Gibson- D-backs Manager - Tuesday July 22Did the D-backs tell Brandon McCarthy not to throw his cutter?
- Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs first baseman - Friday July 18Paul Goldschmidt talks about the All-Star Game and his expectations for the season's second half.
- Our Guy Harry - Thursday July 17Our Guy Harry joins Dan and Vince in studio.
- Derrick Hall, D-backs president & CEO - Thursday July 17Derrick Hall on Paul Goldschmidt's leadership abilities and the future of Brad Ziegler.