Believe us — we would love to unequivocally support nasty sinker baller Blake Treinen as the Los Angeles Dodgers move forward towards a do-or-die game with the San Francisco Giants. That would feel great.
Unfortunately, the rival paper in San Francisco, SFGATE, raised some very salient points about Treinen’s behavior this week. We’ve, uh, gotta hand it to them.
We’ve already raised alarm bells about indicators placed in Treinen’s Instagram bio suggesting he views the COVID-19 vaccine as a hoax. Obviously troublesome for many reasons, the immediate on-field impact of this rhetoric was clear, too; if Treinen was not vaccinated, he could be ruled out of a crucial playoff matchup as an exposed “close contact,” falling under a different set of protocols.
Now, Treinen’s social media behavior has taken an even darker turn.
Remember, this is not an article about a difference of political opinion. Any baseball player is allowed to express any form of free thought they would like — except when they’ve chosen to use their public platform to link to a so-called “Prophet of God” who took credit for the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol and called Democrats “wicked.”
In that case, Treinen started this feud.
Dodgers reliever Blake Treinen put a Prophet of God in his Instagram bio.
Hey, look on the bright side, though. If the Dodgers fall in Game 5, Treinen will never be convinced that they actually lost.
Last time, we were actively concerned that Treinen’s harmful public boasting could actually throw a wrench into the team’s playoff run. After all, if he felt the need to brag about being unvaccinated, how considerate of others could he really be during the month when teamwork reigns supreme? For the Dodgers to take home the title, every single man in that locker room has to be all in, prepared to help any one of his brothers. Treinen’s vaccine stance plainly indicated he was not.
This time? This time, we’re just concerned about whether our setup man is OK.
Root for Treinen all you want. Athletics are a funny game. In the heat of the moment, we’ll be fist-pumping for every strikeout.
But please, please, please … do not let these dangerous ideas and boastful behavioral traits come back to bite us at the wrong time. This is … not an easy person to support, especially if he thinks you’re as wicked as his sinker.