I might as well get this out of the way now – because I know many will accuse me of it during this season. Yes, I confess, I’ve got it bad over Ian Kennedy.
Yeah, I know, he reportedly doesn’t have the “stuff” of Phil Hughes and/or Joba Chamberlain. And, he’s small. (Ian’s listed as being 6 feet tall, but, I would question that one.)
But, from what I’ve seen – and others have reported this – Kennedy has polish as a pitcher. He’s workman-like and mature. He’s grounded. And, while this is a personal thing for me, I think Ian’s personality could translate to better success, in the long run, than the “Dude, it’s a Dell” nature of Hughes and the “Paul Bunyan” bravado of Chamberlain.
Don’t get me wrong – this is not to imply that Hughes and Chamberlain will not go on to be very-good to great major league pitchers. And, I’m not saying that Ian Kennedy will be the next Greg Maddux – or even the next Bob Tewksbury.
It’s just that there’s something about Ian, to me, that just makes me want to be in the guy’s corner. It’s a subjective thing. But, many times, that’s what happens when you’re a fan, right?