Apparently, first impressions are lasting ones. Jerry Royster disobeyed the newly installed Milwaukee management by not playing Jose Hernandez down the stretch thereby denying Hernandez the title of single-season strikeout king. This came in an effort by Royster to protect Hernandez from the press. Unfortunately, the person Royster should have been protecting was himself: he was fired two days ago.
Here's what new team president Ulice Payne had to say about Royster's decision:
For the money we pay professional players, unless you're hurt, sick or have a family emergency, you play. You don't sit out because your job might be tough today or you might get a little embarrassed today. And that's what I would expect from everyone in this organization, from the front office to the ticket takers.
I am left trying to figure out if Royster was just stupid or thought he was taking an important mortal stand. Or both.