Earlier today, grit extraordinaire Ryan Theriot had some not-so-smart words for Dodgers fans that were excited about the hiring of Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi:
Wow Dodgers! Nice hire for the GM job. Hahahahahaha.......Good luck with that! #moneyballdoesntwork
— ryan theriot (@rtheriot7) November 5, 2014
Should be a Prerequisite for ALL sports GM jobs that they actually have PLAYED the game. Too much riding on their decisions! — ryan theriot (@rtheriot7) November 5, 2014
Aaron Gleeman pointed out the foolishness of this statement less than an hour later, as countless successful GMs have "never played the game." This includes the Yankees own Brian Cashman, for example - a man that has been kind of successful. Several people have come forward with several additional responses, as is the norm for Twitter. And, of course, it didn't take too long for most to realize that Theriot was speaking out of his backside.
The best reaction to this silliness, however, came from Brandon McCarthy:
@rtheriot7 your two world series rings were brought to you by GMs who didn't play.
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) November 5, 2014
This made me happier than most bits of whimsy that I come across on Twitter, and that is the norm for McCarthy's timeline. And it's always nice to see someone that "played the game" call someone out for uninformed bullplop of this nature. Let's get this man back in pinstripes, shall we?