After it was announced that Baltimore Orioles slugger Trey Mancini was sitting out a game due to “general soreness”, former MLB reliever Kyle Farnsworth couldn’t help himself from chiming in.
Farnsworth took to Twitter to share his take that any player who can’t soak up some soreness shouldn’t be playing in the MLB.
“So I just saw that a MLB player didn’t play today because of general soreness. Are you kidding me. It’s September. Everyone is sore. If you can’t play through soreness, you shouldn’t be playing the sport. SMH!” he tweeted.
So I just saw that a MLB player didn’t play today because of general soreness. Are you kidding me. It’s September. Everyone is sore. If you can’t play through soreness, you shouldn’t be playing the sport. SMH!
— Kyle Farnsworth (@24_7Farnsworth) September 6, 2021
Shortly after Farnsworth shared his opinion on Mancini, he was trashed by a lot of MLB fans on social media.
Taking a cheap shot at Trey Mancini?
• Hit on the foot the day before.
• Has calf soreness.
• Missed all of 2020 beating cancer.
Next time you question someone’s toughness, do your research clown. He’s tougher than you are – by far. https://t.co/ZkXfKd5UV3
— Dan Clark (@DanClarkSports) September 7, 2021
Hey Kyle, that player’s name is Trey Mancini and he’s in his first season back after chemotherapy treatments after Stage 3 colon cancer, so maybe, oh I dunno, shut the hell up? https://t.co/qzAtNznqWm
— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) September 7, 2021
This tweet was in regards to Trey Mancini. I just can’t fathom sending this. You’re referencing the guy that beat Stage 3 cancer and sat out all last year due to cancer treatment? That’s really who you’re talking about sitting out a game? Wow.. https://t.co/PJdmNTATZD
— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) September 7, 2021
Trey Mancini did not play today due to “general soreness.”
If this is about Mancini, you must live under a rock if you think he’s soft. https://t.co/7sEZe2fUNp
— Taylor Wirth (@WirthTM) September 7, 2021
When you're so invested in furthering some wildly antiquated notion of "toughness" that you end up denigrating a dude who literally overcame cancer to still play the sport https://t.co/8ddpK6IKGa
— Kavitha A. Davidson (@kavithadavidson) September 7, 2021
After getting a bunch of backlash, Farnsworth tried to walk back his comments, saying he wasn’t necessarily talking about Mancini.
Let me clarify a tweet I posted yesterday. It was not directed toward Trey. His name was not mentioned in it. Cancer was not mentioned in it. It was directed to towards players who can’t play through soreness. There may be a fan that comes to see you play that day. And you arent
— Kyle Farnsworth (@24_7Farnsworth) September 7, 2021
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Farnsworth has been known to miss some time during his MLB days for some pretty suspect things, so I’m not sure his (still obvious) Mancini criticism carries any weight.
The biggest Farnsworth screw up was when he kicked an electric fan in the Cubs clubhouse following a poor performance in 2004. He ended up bruising and spraining his knee bad enough to land him on the injured list and keep him out of game action for nearly a month.
I think it’s safe to say that Kyle Farnsworth has no business coming at Trey Mancini for missing a meaningless game at the end of a dismal Orioles season.