“At this time I cannot confirm or deny that we are signing Jonathan Papelbon to any kind of deal.” Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
If there were repercussions for Ruben Amaro’s actions, he’d be in Baseball Jail by now, swapping stories with Melky Cabrera, trying to bribe the aging guard with the bad knees millions of dollars over a ten-year period, and holding midday press conferences to announce how not in-jail he is.
One man is of the notion that if he points out that Ruben Amaro lied, something will happen. To be fair, in his case, his character is on the line, not a blockbuster trade involving hundreds of millions of dollars.
From May 2007 to October 2011, Ali Modami was the Phillies BP pitcher, until being let go for some reason that Amaro told him. The trouble started when Modami tried to get a job with the Nationals and Dodgers; claiming both teams had been highly receptive to his interest. Now, the trouble wasn’t that both those teams are stupid and nobody likes them. I know, right? The trouble was that after initially being open to hiring Modami, they suddenly turned heel and wanted nothing to do with him.
Historically, this happens because unseen forces are at work, conspiring against you; a theory that will usually get you laughed out of the unemployment line or tricked into a prison cell. But in Modami’s case, the forces at work were totally visible, and those forces were named Ruben Amaro.
Ruben, apparently, went ahead and contacted Modami’s potential employers and told them he actually was let go for stealing and trying to sell $100,000 in Phillies merchandise; which Modami claims is untrue. He’s now suing the Phillies for ruining his job prospects, because another bitter former employee named Jayson Werth informed him of what Ruben said about him and Davy Lopes confirmed it from L.A.’s end.
If the Phillies wind up addressing this issue and it costs them actual money, this could be the first part of Jayson Werth’s 317-part plan to bring Philadelphia crashing to the ground. Hopefully, the truth of this situation, whatever it is, surfaces and the situation is resolved. Or maybe we could cut down on the number of bitter former employees, somehow.