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Juan Pierre: 'They're Sticking It To Me'

Aug 4, 2008 – 3:59 PM
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Eamonn Brennan

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It's been a tough year for the perennially overpaid, overrated Juan Pierre. First, the Dodgers sign Andruw Jones after Jones' worst season as a pro, somehow hoping he would turn things around. He hasn't. Then Pierre goes out and actually gets on base a little bit -- not too much, but just a little bit -- before seeing his OBP drop back down into the .320s, where it currently sits. (.324. Ouch.) Then, just when Jones is getting ready to clear the way for Pierre once and for all, the Dodgers turn around and trade a third basemen and some other guys for one of the best hitting outfielders of his generation. Where's the love, people?

So now Pierre is confused and angered and all the things athletes say when they think they should be playing, even if they shouldn't be. Juan Pierre definitely shouldn't be playing, but actually still is, but is also still angry. I don't know, just read the blockquote:
"I wouldn't say it's bad, but it's been difficult. You go on the bench, and then you work your way back in the lineup and possibly going back to the bench. All I've ever done is be Juan Pierre when I wear this jersey. They're sticking it to me this year for whatever reason. "
There's more, but as the story notes, Pierre isn't even being benched. Andre Ethier is, despite the fact that he's much younger and much more talented than Pierre at this point in their respective careers. Yeah. Juan would probably do well to keep quiet, keep his head down, and hope no one in the Dodgers has a sudden wave of enlightenment along the lines of "Hey, um, I hadn't noticed this, but it seems Juan is slugging .318. Uh-huh. What in the world are we thinking?"
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