Much was made of Yu Darvish’s spectacular Spring start yesterday. Getting Blanked covered it with bated breath, as did just about every other media outlet on Earth. The consensus opinion was Darvish was dominant and will win multiple Cy Young awards, if not all the awards handed out between now and the end of his career.

Will Venable was the only Padres hitter to really touch one of Darvish’s divine offerings, banging a long double off the center field fence. After Darvish (through his interpretor) noted the ball might have been a little windblown, Venable went on the offensive.

After dropping the “maybe his perception of reality isn’t right on” gold in a post-game scrum, Venable clammed up – briefly. He then took to the Padres flagship radio station to vent at more length about Yu’s less than humble comments (audio here).

“I think the wind saved it from being a home run,” Venable said. “I also heard that he didn’t think I hit it squarely. If that’s the case, I don’t think anyone has squared off a ball off of him. That’s as well as I could hit a ball, to be honest. I don’t know if something was lost in translation there.

“I would have liked to hear a little more humility from the guy. To each his own. He’s a confident guy. Of course I didn’t square up a ball because he’s Yu Darvish.”

Shots fired! Venable does have a point; he barrelled the crap out of that ball. It feels a little sleazy to try and nail a player to his words when, as Venable suggested, they are translated through another guy. Then again, the gist of the statement suggests “bombs away!” isn’t entirely out of line.

Credit to Venable for showing some moxie by not genuflecting before the anointed son of the baseball world. He stood in against the Next Big Thing and stung a ball into the teeth of the wind. If not for a very high fence in center, he would be a tiny footnote in history – the first Major Leaguer to take Yu Darvish deep in a game that meant squat.

Instead, he’s an even smaller footnote in history – the first guy to take exception to the nonstop tongue bathing of one Mister Yu Darvish. Something for their respective Cooperstown plaques.

Comments (8)

  1. Boom. King Darvish’s coronation momentarily delayed by William Dion Venable. Go eat your wife’s home-cooking, your majesty.

  2. Meh it’s Will Venable. It will be interesting to see Bautista vs Darvish.

    I can’t wait because Bautista usually ups his game against the best (maybe just my perception)

  3. I was at Peoria yesterday and saw Venable’s “double”. It was lined 20 feet up on the 40 foot wall in dead Centre and would have been out in any other park with or without the wind. Yu is an impressive looking specimen but let’s see how this plays out after he’s been around the AL a couple of times. Too soon to be giving this guy the cy young just yet.

    • Not just a Cy Young, ALL THE CY YOUNGS

    • If the guy really does throw seven pitches really well then it doesn’t matter how many times he chews through the AL, does it.

      Can a guy throw seven pitches, though, and not abuse his elbow and/or shoulder?

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