Very surprising about Desmond (as opposed to Zimmm and Werth where this is right in character), Ian is in the running for the most fan friendly Nat since the team came to town. Livan and Morgan were known for being fan friendly, but Desmond signs autographs, throws balls to kids, visits sick kids, and even gives away prizes to his Twitter followers. Maybe he was just having a rough day knowing that he was backing out of the ASG.
Yeah, that's what I thought, but your reasoning makes total sense. Plus Ian was in the very first group with Zim and Morse, so maybe they were just in a hurry to get it done and over with.