It’s one thing to not be happy with your role, which Oswalt’s made clear he’s not. It’s another thing to say no to trying to help your team win, which is apparently what he did Sunday in Kansas City when he told manager Ron Washington he couldn’t pitch a third inning of relief.
That’s not the way the clubhouse was built. Oswalt should have shown up for the Colby Lewis press conference a couple of weeks ago. He would have seen a pitch who’s eyes were bloodshot because of the tears that he had shed. Those weren’t tears of pity; those were tears of a pitcher who was upset because he wasn’t going to be able to help his team down the stretch.