On a previous post I was asked about David Wells, who I covered both in Baltimore and New York. The reader wanted to know if he was the same in both cities. Sure was, but a bigger jerk with the Yankees because it was a bigger stage.
Once, we were in Anaheim and David Cone just pitched a good game. All the writers were crowding around Cone, whose locker was next to Wells’ locker. Wells thought he was being crowded, but instead of waiting a few minutes, which most guys would have done, or say excuse me, he started using his spray deodorant and aimed at a few writers. Lucky he didn’t get somebody in the eye.
The surprising thing wasn’t that he didn’t apologize, but that he actually used deodorant.
Later, we were in Seattle and Wells pitched a good game. We all wanted to talk with him, but being the baby he was about what happened in Anaheim, he blew us off and said he had a family obligation. An hour later when we left the clubhouse, there he was in concourse yucking it up with several of Seattle’s finest blondes.
There’s no denying the guy can pitch, but to be fair, he’s been on some pretty good teams. But, as a lefthander who can pitch in big games _ when the mood suits him _ what does it say about him that he’s pitched for eight different teams, including the Yankees, Toronto and San Diego twice?
It says he’s a monster headache.