Re: Help me out....who is LIKEABLE on this team?
posted at 4/6/2012 11:02 AM EDT
In Response to Help me out....who is LIKEABLE on this team?
[QUOTE]I'm not saying everyone is unlikeable, not even close. But who, as people/athletes, do you really root for as a person, and not just because he's a member of the Sox? I'll offer the ONE I do root for: Lester - Home grown. Talented. Humble and accountable (the only person that I'm aware of who reached out to tito and apologized) Beckett? Texas tough guy? Totally unaccountable. Kind of a prima donna (THREE docs visits for a thumb that's fine? really? THREE!). Definitely a blowhard, though that IS sometimes a positive for a SP, given everything else, I'm not a big fan Youkillis? Sure, plays hard, but ALWAYS looks mad about something and does not conduct himself, on the field, ina very 'professional' manner with all his complaining and swearing. Ortiz? I don't find it likeable when he complains about EVERY F R E A K I N G CALLED STRIKE AGAINST HIM! Breaking in on interviews because of one lousy RBI (way to be a TEAM player). Ellsbury? Fairly quiet...ly counting the days to his payday. Exciting to watch, sure, but he looks like a mercenary to me...only here because he's paid to be, nothing that he seems attached to about Boston or the Sox. Pedroia? You could definitely make a case for him, but his classic Napoleonic complex wears on me. He ALWAYS has some snide remark, wise a s s thing to say. Once in a while, S H U T U P! Seriously, everyone knows he's a good player, scholarship to a TOP baseball school, ROY, MVP, all star selections...let the chip go, people acknowledge you. Who else is there? A SS either in the minors or a guy who likely won't be here next year? OH, I FORGOT ONE! Saltalamacchia. I really like his kid. He plays hard, puts in the work he needs to and plays the right way. Also, I like him more because so many people want to run a 26 YEAR OLD out of town for not being good enough, fast enough. I like Salty. Do people even have an opinion about Melancon or Bailey? Bard, perhaps. Aceves? Not sure why anyone would, he's a middle relief guy, though he did very well for them last year. My point is...this team really has no, or very few people to 'root' for. The "Nation" will forever root for the Sox, but who, individually? Manny, however it turned out, was must see TV for most of his time here. happy, jovial, engaging. Ortiz USED to be the same. Then he started to play bad, and got p i s s e d that anyone dare question"Big Papi". He hasn't really been the same teddy bearish guy since Pedro, and then Manny left. People rooted for Pedro, Damon, even someone like Millar and Nixon have garnered passionate followings in Boston. Varitek was a highly respected and liked player/captain. Many, many people rooted for Tito! (though just as many rooted against haha) Wakefield had a loyal following for a long time, waning only at the bitter, overused end. Nomar was treated like a GOD. Now...who? THe last i can remember was the bullpen band...that was a group of fun loving, performing, dedicated group who was fun to watch, and easy to root for. Rememeber the Papelbon/Del Carmen "Blame it on the Rain" video? Awesome stuff. Who would do that now? I can't think of anyone. Depressing.
Posted by ma6dragon9[/QUOTE]
You do make an interesting point. For me, it was always Wake, and guys like Timlin, Nixon, Nomar, Hillenbrand, Walker and of course Ortiz and Damon.
The guys now and not so much not likeable as they are aloof. The dirt-dogs, the idiots as Millar called them, were guys you would want to go have a beer with. Players today make soooo much money they seem virtually isolated from everday Americans. I don't begrudge them for that but I do see your point.
I think Ortiz is a genuine person, and Gonzales as well. Pedey has gotten pretty arrogant. I realy, realy liked Victor and was just devastated when they didn't bring him back.