Will Kennedy Make it in NY?

Call it panic or call it simple frustration, but Ian Kennedy is really pissing me off this season.

Forget his 2008 season so far which has amounted to an 0-4 record, 36 earned runs in 39.2 innings, 1.92 WHIP, and .309 batting average against.  It’s really his attitude which is most frustrating.  Earlier in the season, upon being demoted to AAA Scranton/WIlkes-Barre, Kennedy came up with this gem:

“If I can pitch under a smaller microscope down there in Scranton then maybe it might put a little less pressure on me.  Analyzing every pitch doesn’t help. You’re in the big leagues so if you’re not doing very well and you’re in New York, you’re going to get looked at a little different.  It’s just on a bigger scale here. If I’m in Scranton doing bad, I’m struggling. If I’m here, the world’s going to end.” (NY Daily News 5/8/2008)

Let’s see if I can get through to you, Ian.  The Yankees own your rights for the next six seasons.  Stop whining about pitching under a microscope because that’s what happens in New York and this is where you will be for the foreseeable future.  I understand that you’re frustrated with your performance, but it’s no one’s fault but your own.  It’s not the media’s fault, the manager’s fault or the fans’ fault.

Last season, in 19 innings in the bigs, Kennedy showed some promise with an ERA under 2.00, but that’s a tiny sample size.  But, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he has some potential.  This year, he has been abysmal and has said some really dumb things like the aforementioned quote comparing Scranton to the Bronx.

After his most recent outing, he decided that despite pitching 2.0 innings, allowing 9 hits and 5 earned runs, he didn’t think he pitched too poorly.

Uh… hello?! Are you serious?  That’s terrible and you should absolutely be concerned.  That’s a WHIP over 4.00 and I won’t even calculate the ERA.

Forget his terrible pitching for a minute.  The most disturbing thing about Kennedy is his attitude.  Buddy, you pitch for the New York Yankees, where this kind of attitude won’t be tolerated.  If you pitch poorly, fans understand your frustration, but keep your mouth shut, take some ownership of your problems, work on your confidence issues (because that’s what the problem is… he tears up AAA hitters) and go from there.  Don’t worry about the microscope of New York, the fans, or anything like that.  Just grow up!

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