Because John Lott is not the kind of reporter who goes out looking for a splashy story where there isn’t one, or to piss negativity all over everything. So, it seems as though, in his must-read profile of Rasmus from this morning’s National Post, there really wasn’t any other way to depict the player’s attitude.
“I’m not working on anything right now,” Rasmus says, even after a reporter points out that his manager has just said that the club wants him “to stop trying to pull the ball on every swing,” and that “he needs to use the whole field and refine the timing of his leg kick, which serves as the trigger for his swing.”
“I still got a lot of stuff going on through my head from being over in St. Louis,” Rasmus says. He later points out some differences, having noticed that “the games are a lot slower. In St. Louis it was a packed house every night.”
He also cops– and not very subtly– to not working very hard in the off-season, and that for the balance of this year, he’s really just playing out the string.
“I’m just ready for next season to come — ready for this off-season, clear my head, come back next year, start with this team and then I think I’ll do good,” he says. Later he tells reporters, “Last off-season I didn’t do anything baseball-wise. I didn’t really pick up a bat ’til probably a week, two weeks before spring training. I was just tired last year, and I didn’t have a great year. Some people thought it was a good year. I didn’t think it was that good of a year …”
I mean… good lord, Rasmus.
I still have all the belief in the world that this guy is going to be a stud, but to the fucking hysterical masses, some of whom are already dumbfuckically writing him off, that ain’t going to sound so good. And it even makes a mostly level-headed sort like me sit up and take notice. I mean… it’s just… what the fuck, man?
[Also of note in the piece, apparently John Farrell never made a call to Rasmus the Elder, as was much discussed at the time of the trade. "In my frequent conversations with Colby, I didn’t feel like that was necessary … I also didn’t want Colby to think there was more of an issue, and didn’t want to force things, and didn’t want to go against his wishes as well," Farrell said. So... yeah... there's also that.]