The Rays top pick in this week’s draft, Taylor Guerrieri, finally broke his silence and spoke with the media this morning. Marc Topkin provides some quotes…
On signing with the Rays: He is still “very committed” to the University of South Carolina (of course he is, that is his only leverage in contract negotiations)
On his past: there was “an incident” that led him to transfer high schools and that he has “moved on” from (well, as suspected, he did not transfer to be closer to his college teammates and while he may have moved on, nobody else will until he comes clean)
On his silence since being drafted: he was “at the beach” with family and friends (must have been a beach without cell phone coverage. it’s a bitch)
But wait. Something is wrong here. He couldn’t return phone calls from the Rays or speak with the media because he was at the beach. Hmmmm.
That’s funny. Because according to Guerrieri’s hometown paper,
they did reach him on the phone Monday and Guerrieri said his advisors (Legacy Sports Agency) told him not to do any interviews.
And would a local newspaper call a high school athlete on his cell phone? Or was he reached at home, two hours from the closest beach?
Legacy Sports is one of the biggest agencies in baseball. But right now, their crisis management could use a little work. In the meantime, we are starting to wonder if maybe this kid should just go be USC’s problem.