Last off season, the Chicago White Sox traded away one of their (I thought) best utility players in Ross Gload to Kansas City in exchange for relief pitcher Andrew Sisco.
The move was a basic get-me-some-pitching trade on behalf of the Sox. As you may recall, the bullpen was the only part of the Chicago team that passed with flying colors in our off season testing.
Anyway, Gload was great. He was the second coming of Tony Graffanino, another super-sub that at one point was dubbed the boss-man’s favorite player (ironically, Graffanino was also traded away to the Royals).
For Sisco, the move way from KC came as a relief. Recently, he took the time to share some of his … uhm… “fond” memories of getting a shot to play in the majors in KC:
”It was always hard for me to be there,” Sisco said of the constant losing. ”And I don’t care what anyone said — if you didn’t think that way, you were being unrealistic. There’s always that few that would say, ‘This is our year.’ No, no. Especially when we didn’t make a move to change our personnel and were the same team.
Well that’s not necessarily surprising. We all know the Royals strive to hover around 60 or 70 wins a year. But Sisco has a bone to pick with the owners.
”I like being on a team that likes to win, plays together. It makes it kind of hard when you didn’t have a chance day in and day out. I don’t even blame it on any one person on the team. I blame it on management. They’re not putting the best product on the field. They’re making plenty of money in the collective-bargaining agreement and in turn not putting it into the product they put on the field.”
Sisco, 24, said a main reason no one speaks out is that the Royals’ roster is typically made up of young players.
”My first year, I was just trying to establish myself and get my feet in the door,” he said. ”But by the second year, you kind of have an idea of what’s going on and start thinking about what we should be doing and could be doing.
We all know where Sisco is coming from. A group of monkeys could run the Royals better than whoever is in charge over there now. But I’m not sure that bashing your old team is cool. Imagine Johnny Damon, or Carlos Beltran, or even Jermaine Dye saying all this. Kids these days just don’t earn their stripes (you know, if the Royals wore stripes).
Now that Sisco is back in town for a two-game series, the Royals will have a chance to put him in his place. Though, more likely, he’ll dominate the lowly Royals hitters and receive only a mild reaction from the fans.