Melky's story doesn't add up with Bochy's version
Melky Cabrera had four hits in the Blue Jays' 10-6 victory over the Giants on Tuesday. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
TORONTO – Melky Cabrera has a World Series ring, a $16 million contract, a new Camaro and he’s even got his old bats back – the ones he left behind at AT&T Park last August, along with everything else when he walked out in shame on his former team.
He used one of those bats to rap out four hits to beat his former club, as the Toronto Blue Jays presided over the Giants’ self destruction in a 10-6 victory Tuesday night.
Cabrera seems to have everything.
Except the ability to tell the truth.
When asked an innocuous question – why he preferred to receive his World Series ring in private instead of behind the batting cage Tuesday afternoon – Cabrera said that was Bochy’s preference.
“It was Bochy’s decision,” Cabrera said through translator and Toronto coach Luis Rivera. “If they wanted to do it on the field, that (would have) been fine, too.”
That was a lie.
Bochy had assumed he would give Cabrera the ring on the field, as he did with Nate Schierholtz in Chicago last month. It wouldn’t be any big ceremony, but it definitely would be a moment for cameras and reporters to capture.
The Giants got word through Toronto’s public relations department that Cabrera preferred to pick up his ring in a more private setting. So the handoff was made in a tunnel between the clubhouses, behind closed doors. It took all of 45 seconds.
Does it matter where Cabrera received the ring? Of course not.
Only that he chose to lie about it.
Without rehashing too many past events, it should be noted that Cabrera also lied in late July when I confronted him with rumors of his drug suspension three weeks before it was announced. He pretended to express surprise, even blaming Dodgers fans for trying to start a distraction by spreading falsehoods. Cabrera lied to coaches, trainers and Giants officials who confronted him about the rumors at the time, too.
It’s understandable that Cabrera would lie in that instance. His suspension was pending appeal, so he had to be evasive. (It turns out that his appeal defense was the biggest attempted hoax of them all.)
I’m not sure this will make any sense, but … as a reporter, I am not owed the truth when I ask a question. But I expect an honest answer.
So to lie about something as innocent as where he accepted his World Series ring? What does that say about the person?
It probably says only this: Melky Cabrera is not the first person on Earth to prosper after he lied and cheated. He won’t be the last.
Really, there was just one question to ask of Cabrera after everything that transpired last year: Why did you choose to leave instead of address your suspension with teammates? And would you do it differently now?
“Somebody told (me) it’s better for (me) to leave,” Cabrera said, declining to say who gave him that bit of advice. “(I) would like to talk to the players. But somebody told (me) to leave.”
Maybe that’s the truth. Maybe it isn’t. We have no way to be sure.