During the off-season, the Washington Nationals acquired Alfonso Soriano from the Texas Rangers. In Soriano, Nationals general manager Jim Bowden saw a marquÃ©e player who could hit the long ball and bring fans to RFK Stadium.
The problem: the Nats want Soriano to play in left field, while Soriano wants to play second base, his position throughout his MLB career.
Looking at the facts, Soriano is probably a much better outfielder than infiedler. His defensive skills at second base have always been questionable, and he’s got the speed to get around the outfield quite well. So Nats manager Frank Robinson, one of the best in the sport, tells Soriano that he’s going to play left field, while all-star JosÃ© Vidro takes his usual second base position. Seems that all is well with the world, right?
But somehow, being paid far too much money to play a kid’s game tends to bring out big egos and playground mentality. In other words: Soriano refuses to play in the outfield.
I have two words for Alfonso Soriano: grow up!