On Monday, Rays Superfan Dick Vitale had some harsh words for BJ Upton. Yesterday, Vitale appeared on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike Show.” If you thought Dickie V might back down from his criticism, you’d be wrong. Vitale thinks Upton just isn’t a very good player and he has the numbers to prove it.
Here is the full uninterrupted rant (emphasis is ours, although really, Vitale says the entire thing with emphasis)..
I know BJ’s family, his dad used to referee in the ACC a little bit. He comes from a great family. I’m just amazed. You can take him once or twice guys, I’m a season ticket holder. But there is no excuse whatsoever for not hustling for a ball. Mike [Golic], you were a pro. You played in the NFL. If there is anything that tears at the insides of an athlete it is to see one of your peers not hustling, not playing hard when you are trying to get to the winner’s circle.
I think it has reached a point of total, total aggravation for all the fans. And let me tell you this. Man, if you’re not going to hustle, you better at least be a Joe Montana and throw the football, and be a superstar. You better be a guy, like a superstar in baseball, like a Jeter. I mean give me a break.
You wanna know his numbers? I’m gonna give you his numbers now. Listen to these numbers. Last 300 games…I did research on this…300 games. We’re not talking 100 games. 300. He is hitting about .238, .239. He has a total…a total…of 22 home runs. In 300 games. And 113 RBIs. Now I know he steals bases. And I know he’s got speed. He defends a little bit.
But I think it is getting to the point where he is now…potential is running out. How many times can you hear about his potential? There’s those numbers again: .238, 300 games, 22 home runs and 113 RBIs.
As somebody that loves competition. And I love people that play. It really tears my heart when I see him not hustle. It’s not the first time. It’s not the second time. It is coming to the point, where you gotta look him in the eye and say ‘BJ, it is time to grow up man.”
Maybe a trip down to Durham would wake him up.
A special hat/tip to our brother-from-another-mother, JoeBucsFan.com for the head’s up.
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