So Felipe Lopez is now a member of the Boston Red Sox, which is—well, it's an odd choice, to say the least. Lopez moves from one disappointing team to another, and has exactly a week to ingratiate himself with Theo Epstein and all the other general managers who presumably watched his St. Louis Cardinals nosedive with some combination of skepticism and distaste.â†µ
Of course, the Cardinals haven't made this any easier for Lopez; even Jose Oquendo, who is not particularly inclined to talk to the media, even when Albert Pujols blows off his stop sign again, did not mince any words at all in the days before Lopez landed on his feet:â†µ
"He had all the opportunities ... for his future," Oquendo said. "He wasted it."â†µ
"We talked during the season. We did everything we could to keep him in the game. But he went his own way. There's only so much you can handle."â†µ
Lopez had finally hit his way out of the malcontent reputation he developed in Cincinnati and Washington, and now it seems like he's already earned himself a new one.