Re: A Proxy Aplogy from The Board Stooge to AGon
posted at 8/19/2012 2:39 PM EDT
In Response to Re: A Proxy Aplogy from The Board Stooge to AGon
[QUOTE]It's Shoppach, and not, it wasn't a typo. If you really view AGon as the example of a leader, then there is no hope for you. (see the complaining about a measly day-night doubleheader last year) Showing up is not leading, nor is failing to run out hits like the other guy you call our leader, Papi, does. As for explaining why Salty was the starter, are you now going to claim I never said we should have traded Salty last winter and started Lava? Man, your lies and insuations never cease. Everybody on this site but you knows I was all over Salty last year, last winter, and well into May of this year. You conveniently forget that once we signed shoppach, I said it was over for Vtek and the Sox, and that it also meant Salty would start out as a L/R platoon with Shoppach, since a Shoppach/Lava platoon was wrong-handed (both were better vs LHPs, and we would struggle in 65% of our games vs RHPs). I didn't agree with it, but knew the writing was on the wall for Lava. Go to the "Bench Salty" thread for an in detail explaination on why Salty remained the starter as the season progressed.
Posted by moonslav59[/QUOTE]
If you don't think averaging 160 games a year is part of leadership, you are wrong--especially when showing up every game gives the team a gifted fielder at 1B and an rbi machine. If you don't think Youk, Ortiz, and Pedroia's many injuries didn't diminish their ability to lead, you are dead wrong. Players who don't play are to me all hat and not cattle.
AGon is the only highly paid firstbaseman in MLB--now or in the last 20 years and probably longer--who would have willingly played RF for 16 games to get two other guys into the lineup. That sets a heckuva example in my book. Ortiz, meanwhile, plays nothing--except when AGon goe to RF. Pedroia meanwhile plays 2B, 2B, and 2B. Yes, he plays hurt, but more often than not he plays hurt when he should go on the DL , or in 2010 when he practiced too much while on the DL and ended up ruining the season. Youk tried the outfield and couldn't.
AGon really enjoys playing MLB. You can see it when he makes the right play or the right toss at 1B--or even when he misses a moving target when he tried to lead Middlebrooks on that play at 3B against I think Youk. You see it when he makes good plays in RF. You see it by the way he swings the bat, which clearly showed Ortiz he could do the same thing and which clearly made Ortiz a better hitter. Too bad some of the other Sox hitters haven't copied his technique for hitting to the opposite field.
Not running out all grounders is hardly a disaster. For one thing, it saves energy. For another it avoids hitting first base the wrong way in a futile effort to beat out a grounder. AGon is slow even when he is going flat out, but he runs smart and thereby avoids injuries.
AGon is baseball smart, thoughtful, and articulate, which the great majority of MLB players are not. The only time I remember Youk being thoughtful was when he was dead wrong for denouncing Ellsbury in 2010.