Everyone seems to have an opinion on the stalled contract negotiations between MLB owners and players that are delaying the start of the 2020 season.
But one point of view struck a nerve with Brewers star Christian Yelich.
Earlier in the week, players began sharing the same message of solidarity as others called out the owners for negotiating in bad faith, writing “tell us when and where [to play]” on social media. Sirius XM Radio host Chris Russo unloaded on those stars on his show on Tuesday.
“Bryce Harper is getting paid $336 million. He’s not Gerrit Cole … If you don’t live up to the money and you stink, as he did, I can’t listen to you tell me, ‘I’m raring to go,’” Russo said. “You know what? How about last year? You were awful! Gee whiz! Come on. There is some accountability! Guy was the highest-paid player in the sport and didn’t even make an All-Star team. For crying out loud! My gosh. With that kind of money comes some responsibility! Stop tweeting when you stunk!”
That didn’t sit well with Yelich, the 2018 NL MVP
“If the requirements for having an opinion requires success in ones field then you should probably take your own advice and (shut up),” he wrote.
Russo addressed Yelich’s clap back on his show, taking the time to map out all of his accomplishments as a media personality.
“If you’re going to sit there and talk about accomplishments? Yelich said today, ‘If it’s about success then you should shut it yourself.’ And I love Yelich, which is the sad part, I’ve said it for years he’s the second-best player in baseball behind [Mike] Trout. He’s a great player,” said Russo, who became one of the bigger names in the sports radio business with the success of “Mike & the Mad Dog” with Mike Francesa at WFAN.
”But the idea that I have to sit there and read you my resume to any player? Look it up, look up the resume, if you wish. Just go look at Wikipedia page and look at the 37-38 years of being on the air.
“You know how hard that is? Successfully? In two different locations? Marconi [radio] awards? Ratings? 30 for 30 documentaries? Try ESPN, 30 for 30, [Michael] Jordan watched it. And I got to sit there and got to listen to these players consider me a bad man for the owners? Oh come on please, give me a break. Some 26-year-old kid? Please.”
Yelich later added that it was not meant as a shot at Russo’s past accomplishments, just his current abilities.