Hunter Strickland, the Giants pitcher who just injured his pitching hand punching a door in anger after blowing a save and will miss six to eight weeks of baseball, says he doesn’t have an anger problem.
If this were an isolated incident — and it’s sure as heck not — that might be a fair assessment. It happens! You’re already having a frustrating week and you mess up at work and you punch something! That happening once is worrisome. Hunter Strickland’s Not An Anger Problem Anger Problem is far beyond worrisome, and is definitely a problem
Let’s take a quick look at the Hunter Strickland Anger Timeline.
Bryce Harper hit multiple home runs off of Strickland during that year’s NLDS. During Game 4, he watched the ball go into McCovey Cove since it was down the right field line. Strickland didn’t like that too much.
Strickland really had a full dance card in 2014. Two series later during those playoffs, he then started a feud with the Royals’ Salvador Perez which led to this round of shouting at home plate.
Our guy without an anger problem waited three years to throw at Harper for looking at his home runs. NOT AN ANGER PROBLEM THOUGH. Started a whole ridiculous brawl because of it, but not an anger problem.
June 20th, 2018
Posts an Instagram in which he says apologizes for the selfish nature of his injury and says “I completely understand how this portrays my character, which I will humbly work on areas in my life that need refinement.”
Life has an interesting and sometimes disappointing way of opening up our eyes. Words cannot describe the amount of regret and sorrow I have for my actions. I have let down the ones that care and mean the most, as well as the ones that count on me day in and day out. To my family, my teammates, my coaches, this organization, and our fan base, I am truly sorry that one split second, stupid decision has caused so much harm and now set me back from being out there with my team to pursue our goal. As well as providing for my family. I own all responsibilities and consequences because these were no ones actions but myself. I will work hard to get back with the guys and help contribute to some more wins. This is our life, and we take pride in what we do, so when we fail it hurts. But that is by no means an excuse because every action has a reaction- which is what I’m seeing now. I’ve made a mistake and regret it, but I will not give up and will learn from this! I completely understand how this portrays my character, which I will humbly work on areas in my life that need refinement. I sincerely didn’t do this out of selfishness, but simply because I let down the ones that count on me most and my emotions got the best of me in that moment. So again, I’m sorry, and now I have to move forward.
June 21st, 2018
A day after saying he will “learn from this” and that he “completely understands how this portrays my character” he told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that he doesn’t think he has an anger problem.
“I don’t think I have an anger problem, but sometimes I let my emotions get the best of me.”” #SFGiants closer Hunter Strickland addressing reporters for first time since breaking right hand in frustration— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 21, 2018
Hunter, buddy, Dude. My man. This is an anger problem. Hopefully he actually does some thinking, and not just Instagram-level analysis. Because wooooof. The word delusional comes to mind, and hopefully this is the incident that gets through to him.