Video games are great stress relievers and distractions from the hardships in life. But, at some point, you got to put down the controller if your sports team is on a nine-game losing streak.
And best believe former Phillies first baseman Carlos Santana will make that very clear with any teammate.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan recently reported a story about how the popular battle royal video game Fortnite was causing issues in the Phillies clubhouse. Even with the losing streak, players were spending portions of the game against the Atlanta Braves playing the game. To send a message to the younger players, Santana grabbed a bat, walked over to the gameplay area and smashed the TV.
Bye Bye Fortnite, or at least for the final two days of the season. Even after the event, Santana didn’t shy away from talking about the incident.
“I see a couple of players — I don’t want to say names — they play video games during the game,” Santana told ESPN. “We come and lose too many games, and I feel like they weren’t worried about it. Weren’t respecting their teammates or coaches or the staff or the [front] office. It’s not my personality. But I’m angry because I want to make it good.”
Though Santana has moved on and is happily a member of the Cleveland Indians, he was absolutely right.
Why on earth are you playing Fortnite during the game? The Phillies last year were trash for a bunch of different reasons, and the addictive game may have had a part in it. Hopefully, with the big name signing of Bryce Harper, the Phillies will tighten up for 2019 as a whole.