posted on Jul, 31 2003 @ 11:18 AM
That's a big NO-NO!
Raul Mondesi was liked by many of his teammates. He played hard. But on Sunday night, the mercurial right fielder committed a baseball cardinal sin --
he deserted his teammates.
Mondesi left the visitor's clubhouse in Boston after being pinch-hit for in the eighth inning of the Yankees' eventual 6-4 loss to the Red Sox on
Sunday. Two days later, he was traded Tuesday to the Arizona Diamondbacks. His teammates spoke out in Wednesday's edition of The New York Times, not
willing to forgive Mondesi for that transgression.
"To see a guy leave before the game is over, well, you're not supposed to do that," catcher Jorge Posada said to The Times. "You've got to have a
little more respect for your teammates."
Mondesi, acquired July 1, 2002, never provided the Yankees with the offense they expected. The Yankees attempted to trade him last winter, but George
Steinbrenner blocked the move.
Mondesi also skipped the Yankees' charter to fight to California for the Anaheim series and arrived on his own later, according to The Times
"It was not acceptable what he did," he said. "George Steinbrenner was obviously aware of what was going on, but this was our decision. I think George
was rather fond of Mondy. Brian and I were the ones who pulled the trigger on this."