Re: Calling All Sugar Coaters....
posted at 5/10/2012 9:43 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Calling All Sugar Coaters....
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Calling All Sugar Coaters.... : On one hand, I respect your commitment. On the other hand, players, especially ones getting paid to the level they are nowadays, should EARN that type of commitment. In my opinion, this group is p i s s i n g on your good will. Some people will ALWAYS support a family memebr...regardless of them stealing from you, vandalizing your property, committing crimes, or anything else, "well, family is family". No, at some point, people are judged by what they do, not what they represent. This team is doing NOTHING, regardless of the 100+ year franchise they represent, and deserve none of the adulation you two are giving them. You're helping to encourage it.
Posted by ma6dragon9[/QUOTE]
I can still root for the team and most individuals even if they're struggling and if some players have issues. Take Beckett out of the mix, there's still plenty of players worth rooting for. Take the bullpen, for example. It was horrible the week or two. It's been great since that 15-9 debacle. They buckled down and got the job done. I'm not supposed to root for them.
Ortiz came into camp in great shape and has been playing hard as did Pedroia. Newcomers like Ross, Sweeney, Aviles (from last year) have all played hard. They haven't always come through. Take the plays Ross and Byrd messed up yestersday. Was it because they didn't try or play hard. No. Both players have busted their btt since coming here. They simply couldn't make the play.
Here's where I differ from a lot of other fans. When a team or player is struggling, so many of you like to attach dark reasons for it -- the player is lazy, doesn't care, is out of shape, etc.
There are times when that is the case, and maybe that's true for Beckett.
But most of the time, the reason for the struggles is simple -- maybe a slump is just a slump or maybe they're simply not good no matter how hard they try.