Re: GONZO is slugging at.374 with.705 OPS, should MIDDLEBROOKS be hitting 4th?
posted at 5/8/2012 3:17 PM EDT
In Response to Re: GONZO is slugging at.374 with.705 OPS, should MIDDLEBROOKS be hitting 4th?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: GONZO is slugging at.374 with.705 OPS, should MIDDLEBROOKS be hitting 4th? : On Pedroia, Gonzalez and perceptions Permalink | Comments ( 11 ) Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff May 8, 2012 12:45 PM By Peter Abraham, Globe Staff KANSAS CITY — Here's a little lunch time quiz for you. Red Sox Player A: Is 13 of 33 (.394) with runners in scoring position this season with a .425 in-base percentage and .606 slugging percentage. He has 15 RBIs this season. He hit .337/.441/.483 with RISP in 2011. Red Sox Player B: Is 9 of 29 (.310) with runners in scoring position this season with a .375 on-base percentage and a .446 slugging percentage. He has 11 RBIs this season. He hit .316/.408/.471 with RISP in 2011. Which is one is scrappy, passionate, ever-so-clutch Dustin Pedroia and which one is Adrian Gonzalez, the emotionless supposed choker who can't handle Boston? Gonzalez is Player A and Pedroia is Player B.
Posted by 111SoxFan111[/QUOTE]
This proves that perceptions are interesting things. Sometimes a perception is accurate while sometimes it's not - but it IS a perception.
When I see a player (Player A, let's call him) digging his way down the line in an effort to beat out a grounder to short and I see that same player drop an F-bomb when he's out I perceive that that player CARES. When I see that same player with a look of disgust on his face when he strikes out and he pounds his bat into his hand on the way back to the dugout I perceive that he's a hard-nosed player who's frustrated with himself and wants to do better.
When I see a player (Player B?) go into a fast trot to first base, resigned to the fact that he's going to be out on a grounder or a fly ball and there's nothing he can do about it I perceive that this guy doesn't care. He's just resigned to being out. When I see that same player walk back to the dugout with no expression on his face following a strike-out I again perceive that he doesn't care.
I may be wrong in one or both of those perceptions, but those are the things that perceptions are built on, and when both of those guys go 0-8, guess which one I'm going to still like.
My point is that Gonzo may have earned the lack of 'slack' he's being cut here by his lack of hustle. If he'd at least try to make it look like he's trying harder and that he cares I could probably be more forgiving in times when he's struggling.