"It started the very first time I was there," he said with a grin. "Stepped on the mound, hadn't thrown a pitch, hadn't given anyone any reason to not like me. Right out of the gate. 'We wish we had [Jose] Mesa.'
What the hell is he talking about? I was both of the first games at the new ballpark, which were also his first games. (The first exhibition game at CBP and Opening Day.) The place went nuts for him. He was given a hero's welcome.
This is just sour grapes.