A revealing story about the man soon to become the most despised figure in Atlanta Braves history:
Sept. 17, 1999 — Cal Ripken Jr. is delayed in traffic and calls the team’s traveling secretary to assure him that he’d be arriving at the airport within the next 10 minutes. At Wren‘s order, however, the plane takes off without Cal, who arrives at the gate a few minutes later and has to make his own travel arrangements. When Wren is fired after the season, part of the announcement reads: “In the opinion of management, there was no need for such an arbitrary and inflexible decision. In the meeting, Wren defiantly dismissed our concerns, characterized them as ‘silly’ and insisted he would invoke the same takeoff order no matter what the extenuating circumstances. The Orioles management cannot and will not abide having a GM operate in such an unreasonable, authoritarian manner and treat anyone this way, especially someone such as Cal who has done so much for the Orioles and for baseball.”
Wren lowballed Smoltz, pure and simple:
According to the Major League source, the incentives offered by the Red Sox were “more attainable” than the ones provided by the Braves.
Multiple sources have said the Braves were offering slightly more than $2 million guaranteed and performance-based incentives that could have increased Smoltz’s earnings to approximately $7 million.
What’s next for FW (Fucking Wanker)? My guess is he’ll fire Bobby after an 0-7 start. Or maybe he’ll release Chipper for making comments “detrimental to the team.”