Count general manager Brian Sabean as the leader of that party. According to Andrew Baggerly of the Mercury News, Sabean sounded off on Cousins during an appearance on KNBR, calling his play "malicious" before saying he'd be fine never seeing him lace 'em up in the majors again.
“Why not be hard nosed?” Sabean said. “If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy.”As if that wasn't enough, Sabean was given a chance to walk back his comments a little bit, but instead he doubled down and suggested that the Giants could be out for payback the next time they come across the Marlins.
"You can’t be that out-and-out overly aggressive. I’ll put it as politically as I can state it: There’s no love lost and there shouldn’t be.”You'd be hard pressed to find a single person around baseball who was happy to see Posey's season end the way it did. That includes Cousins, who grew up in San Francisco as a Giants fan and was tearfully apologetic after the incident. The difficulty in regulating those types of plays is that you have two players moving at high rates of speed both trying to micro-correct within fractions of seconds and inches.
But eventually, the Giants are going to have to stop wallowing and move on. They aren't the first team to lose a star player to injury and they definitely won't be the last. Without Posey it will certainly be difficult for them to defend their World Series title, but in a division as scrambled as the National League West, they are by no means out of it. However, if they want to spend their time wondering "why us?" then it will be hard for them to accomplish anything.