Thursday, February 18, 2010

Brian Bruney Sucks

In a blog -- which is a term short for web log --  post entitled "Washington Nationals: Brian Bruney Talks Arbitration On Sirius/XM," on the website entitled "Federal Baseball" which is part of the SB Nation network of team-specific blogs, but the one that focuses on the Washington Nationals baseball club, which is a member of the National League, and is owned by Theodore Lerner, an old man who made a few bucks developing strip malls after World War II, which was a conflict between the Axis and Allies that ended sometime in the 1940s, the author of the post who has a pseudonym  of Chigliak, which should not be confused with Chigur, who was the antagonist of the Academy Award-winning "No Country for Old Men", which might very well be the best movie the Coens made, although "Fargo", which won a Best Actress award for Frances McDormand for her portrayal of Marge Gunderson, the pregnant sherriff of the titular town, could give it a run for its money, as could "A Serious Man," which was genuinely excellent, building on many of the themes of nihilism that pervade much of their broader body of work, where even their lesser movies such as "Hudsucker Proxy" are still genuinely entertaining, so long as one ignores "The Ladykillers," which really should have all copies of it printed destroyed, transcribed, a role usually reserved for Washington Post Sports Bloggers, or as one of them is more popularly known, "Boggers", a name which has a lengthy explanation that we will reserve for a different sentence, an interview conducted between Brian Bruney, who should not be confused with former Olympic champion Brian Boitano, who is probably best known to younger generations of people as the guy from the "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" song, featured in the "Spirit of Christmas" short, which introduced the characters of "South Park" to the world, and the XM radio hosts, and during the interview, which is a type of conversation between multiple people typically used to inform or educate, Mr. Bruney revealed his displeasure with the arbitration process.

Jesus.  Enough of that.

Read what the guy says.  He whines and complains that the big bad team said big bad things about him.  Boo-freakin-hoo.  Get over it, lumpy.  Go read all his comments and laugh at Lumpy's cluelessness.  Awwww.

My favorite part though?

"it's never about money with me. I'm a firm believer in you pay a man an honest paycheck for an honest hard living. That's just the way I was raised, my parents raised me that way, and if I didn't feel like I was worth what I asked for I wouldn't have been there. I don't want any money given to me that's not rightfully mine, and so that's why we were there."

It's not about the money, and you didn't take the team's offer to avoid arb?  Screw you, Lumpy.

What did you think the arb process was going to be?  Were Stan's minions going to sit across the table and say "Well, even though Bruney's lumpy, out-of-shape, not all that good, and unable to pitch due to injury far too frequently, we think he's a swell guy, and we're looking forward to paying him a lot of dough!"


Of course, maybe the dude's just been reading the Nats' own press clippings, where everyone associated with the team couldn't want to lump (ahem) Lumpy in with all the other pickups as key acquisitions for the team's season.

Mike Rizzo believes he's a star... except when it comes time to pay the man, apparently.


  • Bruney is a overrated crybaby who walks 5 per 9. Apparently he's an idiot too. Amen Chris. Poor signing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2010 9:16 PM  

  • The arbitration process is a yes-no proposition, during which the two sides say either "He blows" or "He's a hero." Brian Bruney himself took two sides simultaneously, saying that he trusts the market to determine his worth, and that he went forward because he knew what he was worth and what he deserved.

    We don't need to do the same. When he acts like an ass, we don't have to decide he was a bad signing, an idiot, etc. He can be upset now, content later, mediocre in the past, but maybe have a good year.

    He came cheap, the scouts apparently saw something in him. Let's have our fun with his outburst, but not all season.

    By Blogger Positively Half St., at 2/18/2010 9:41 PM  

  • Okay, but he's still an idiot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/18/2010 9:59 PM  

  • I'm sick of you being such a Stan Kasten apologist.

    By Blogger Steven, at 2/18/2010 10:38 PM  

  • I have a feeling it's going to be awfully lonely in my "Bruney's Loonies" section of the outfield seats.

    By Blogger Harper, at 2/19/2010 1:03 AM  

  • Cross-posted from FJB:

    Boy, is this going to be a great season! My two favorite Nats bloggers, Steven and Chris, writing on the same topic, taking opposite positions, and both doing so fairly convincingly, and definitely entertainingly. Thanks guys.

    I'm more on Chris's side on this one. I might be wrong, but I get the impression that Bruney wasn't willing to settle for a compromise number because he thought he had a responsibilty to other relievers to try to push the market higher. No one forced him to have such a grand opinion not only of his own abilities, but of his role in the profession.

    If nothing else, he now knows he really has to prove himself this year. If he's a real pro, he will work his ass off and show Rizzo he was wrong. If he does that, he'll get his 350K and more the next time around. But if he's really as damaged by this as Steven suggests, and lets his disappointment affect his relationship with the team and his performance, then he not only misjudged the result and didn't understand what to expect from the process, he will have let it mess up his future earnings. Who's fault will that be?

    By Blogger Section 222, at 2/19/2010 1:04 AM  

  • longest sentence in nats blogging history?

    By Blogger niggledork, at 2/19/2010 11:04 AM  

  • Nitpick: Bruney wasn't a "signing", he was acquired for the 1st overall pick in the Rule 5 draft.

    He should, however, give us a reason to appreciate him before he complains about being underappreciated.

    I'm just sayin'.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/19/2010 1:13 PM  

  • Poor signing. 5 walks per 9 last year. He's an idiot. blah blah.

    Is Bruney better than the guy whose place he's taking on last year's roster? simple question. Yes or no.

    You know he is. He's better than Rivera, Ledezma, Tavarez or any other poor reliever we had pitching in the 8th last year.

    So enough about him. He improves the team from last year. No he's not Mariano rivera but he's an incremental improvement on a team that has to depend on such incremental improvements for several years to get back to decency. Lets get some perspective here.

    By Blogger Todd Boss, at 2/19/2010 1:13 PM  

  • Has a transcript of an arbitration hearing ever been published? Or even what the relative comps each side cited were? I'm surprised some blogger hasn't tried to do a mock arb hearing.

    I remember Bill James writing that it's never the case that it's "He blows" vs. "He's great," but rather the team saying he's comparable to these guys who make about what the team's offering and the guys the player's comparing himself to aren't really comparable, and vice versa by the player.

    By Anonymous Simon Oliver Lockwood, at 2/19/2010 2:43 PM  

  • Great opening day for pitchers, catchers and whiners:

    This guy Bruney is all bent out of shape, Wang admits he's probably out until the All-Star game and Detwiler is under the knife. What did Manny know, and when did he know it?

    By Anonymous Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_is_Too_Pessimistic_for_Me, at 2/19/2010 7:03 PM  

  • Hello Nationals fans, please read my prospect profile on Stephen Strasburg.

    By Blogger KyleS, at 2/20/2010 8:21 PM  

  • I said I was willing to be impressed - and based on this I am - if only just a little ... so far (from latest NatsJournal):

    "You're watching these big leaguers and you realize the work they put in," Storen said. "It's not like, Oh, they just show up and play. Like another thing -- I showed up at 7 a.m. [Sunday] thinking I'd be the first person here. And Brian Bruney was already here, working out, busting his [tail]. It's like, 'Hmm, okay, now I see.'"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/22/2010 11:00 AM  

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