Not so Happy Birthday
San Francisco Giants relief pitcher George Kontos received some crappy news today, on the day of his 28th birthday. He first started his day off by finding out that the Giants were sending him back to the minor leagues, he’ll join Triple-A Fresno. Later on he found out the league was suspending him for hitting Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen with a pitch, he’ll also have to pay a fine. To make matters worse he won’t get to serve the suspension till he gets called back up to the bigs.
First the Giants optioned him to Triple-A Fresno, then the league suspended him for three games and issued him a fine stemming from a pitch that hit the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen Tuesday night. (CSN Bay Area)
The decision to hold his suspension off till he returns to the big leagues is a huge punch to the gut for Kontos. As a relief pitcher he’ll only get called back up the bigs when the team needs help in the bullpen. Once the team calls him up he’d instantly have to serve his suspension, so now they won’t call him when there is need for help. Kontos will now most likely have to wait till September when rosters expands. Tough break.
Now like the headline says, Not so Happy Birthday. Who’d be celebrating after all this? Strangely enough Kontos might not be too down as he’s had worse birthdays before. Four years ago, Kontos tore his elbow ligament on his birthday which resulted in Tommy John surgery.
If I was Kontos, I think he should just crawl into bed at 12:00 am June 13th every year and not come out till the day is over.