A Farewell to Barnes

Matt Barnes was unceremoniously Designated For Assignment three days ago—so unceremoniously that the news didn't make the front page of Over The Monster.

There's always been an aura of disappointment around Barnes, a first round pick that didn't make it as a starter, a sometimes-electric reliever who never became the next great Red Sox closer. Fan frustrations that the inconsistency belied a player who wasn't clutch, wasn't tough.

It's unfortunate that's how it went, because he really was electric, a local kid with a rocket arm, a deserved owner of an All-Star appearance, 0.79 postseason ERA, and World Series ring. He was inconsistent, but he was clutch at the right time, for the right team. When he had everything working, he was dominant.

Best of luck to you on your next team, Mr. Barnes. I hope the fans there enjoy the rollercoaster ride as much as I did.