For $11 million, I'll play left field and sell cotton candy and wash your car
Apr 26, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks (23) scores on a single by shortstop Jeff Bianchi (not pictured) as Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo (5) waits for the ball in the second inning at Miller Park. Image by Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Over the last couple of years, I have not been as critical of Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks as many fans.
After all, it wasn't Weeks' fault that the Brewers grossly overpaid him when he signed his last contract. Similarly, I don't blame Weeks for the various severe injuries that he's sustained over the years. Sometimes, stuff just happens.
That said, I was extremely disappointed to learn that Weeks refused to even try to learn another position so he could better help the team this year.
For the Brewers, Scooter Gennett is the second baseman of the future. He's also hitting reasonably well and is a significant defensive upgrade over Weeks. As a result, Weeks has been largely relegated to pinch-hitting duties. To his credit, Weeks is starting to hit pretty well.
In order to get Weeks more playing time, the Brewers asked Weeks to consider trying to play some left field. Weeks refused saying that he's "a second baseman".
Yeah, and Ryan Braun was an All-Star left fielder until he switched to right field this year. And Jonathan Lucoy and Martin Maldonado are catchers unless they're needed to play first base. And Mark Reynolds is a third baseman unless he needs to play first base or right field.
You see my point.
If Weeks decides that he's rather sit on the bench and collect his $11 million than trying to play another position and help the team, I guess there's not much the Brewers can do. Still, for $11 million, I'd learn to play left, sell cotton candy and wash Mark Attanasio's car ... all with a smile on my face.
During the 12 p.m. hour of Monday's radio show, we'll discuss whether fans have a right to be disappointed with Rickie Weeks' attitude?
Please feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section - and be sure to check back later to hear a replay of the segment.