As the title of this fanpost implies, I am writing to suggest that Verlander was sending a little bit of a signal when he pegged Valdespin earlier today. I didn't see the game, and I don't think it was televised, but I would not be surprised if I learned that Valdespin exhibited a bit much o' the ole self-pride after knocking one out. It also wouldn't surprise me if a dude like Verlander chose not to abide by a rookie standing him up.
So, what's the consensus? Clemens style on-the-mound hopefully not roid-driven rage?
If it was intentional, what does that mean for the chemistry of a team with Valdespin on the roster? Nobody went to Valdespin's defense, also not surprising given his penchant for Kenny Powers like displays of unappealing, yet kind of funny and cool self aggrandizement. If this is David Wright's team, it's hard to make a case that Valdespin fits a David Wright like model of on-field composure. I know, clubhouse chemistry has oft been mocked on these pages over the years, call me what you want, I still believe in some of that old timey tobacco chewin', beer guzzlin scout stuff. Color it anyway you like, there's a lot to be learned when some guy gets nailed in the crotch with a 90+ fastball.