Blake Snell wants to let it go, and certainly, the Tampa Bay Rays and Kevin Cash would gladly reciprocate, but no one will let them.
It has been 127 days since The Decision, but even with Snell on a new team, on a different coast, and in a different league, the subject refuses to fade.
Snell, who made his spring-training debut Wednesday for the San Diego Padres, his first start since being prematurely pulled out of Game 6 of the World Series for the Tampa Bay Rays.
And, of course, he was asked about it.
“I mean, everyone knows about it, but I understand,’’ Snell said after his scoreless inning. “It was a big moment in sports so it’s going to be talked about for a while. That’s just how it is.
“Hopefully, it goes away. Will it? Who knows. I know when the World Series comes back next year it will continue to be talked about.
“We’re in a new year, and with a new team. We need to win a World Series. That’s my focus, at least.’’
It all sounds good, but Snell isn’t naïve. It’s not going away. Not in spring training. Not in the regular season. Not until he’s finally permitted to pitch past the seventh inning for the first time since 2018.