Ok, maybe I'm making a mountain out of a molehill here, but I was a little surprised that Todd Linden was taken off the active roster earlier today.
The story goes that Linden sarcastically said, "Thank you," after he was left out of the starting line-up on Saturday against the Nippon Ham Fighters. That was taken as a knock on Katsuya Nomura and he was instantly taken off the active roster.
"That was a comment against me because I didn't include him in the starting line-up. Criticism against the manager? I won't have any of it," said Nomura.
Since he was taken off today, the earliest he'd be allowed to return is the 21st, which means he won't be a part of the roster that plays in the First Round of the Climax Series.
Seems like a fairly big punishment in a time when the team will likely need him most. And while I understand that it's not good for team chemistry if you have a player putting down the manager and dropping negative energy vibes all over the place, I wonder if anyone bothered to sit down and talk to him first to see what was up?
I'd be a little curious to know the back-story here.
Might any of you peeps here know more of what happened?