Re: Iggy and his Ego
posted at 6/24/2013 1:36 PM EDT
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
The term BIG EGO should never be confused with self-confidence.
Fans love a player with self- confidence ( along with love of the game, exuberance and hustle). Examples include: Bobby Orr ( the biggest star with the most humble attitude I have ever seen), Dustin Pedroia, Wayne Gretzky, John Havlicek, Steve Grogan, Gary Carter, Larry Bird and Hank Aaron.
Fans dislike a player with a cocky attitude, belief that they are bigger than the game, and belief that they do not have to hustle on every play. They believe the world revolves around them. Examples include: A-Rod, LeBron James, Chad Johnson ( Ochocinco) , Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Terrel Owens.
Pedro Martinez always brought extreme belief in himself to the mound, he had a swagger that he earned. Off the mound he seemed a bit more reserved, however not one to shun the spotlight ...as he liked to talk almost as much he liked to pitch. However, I never felt Pedro was extremely arrogant....just confident that he could beat any team on any given day. If not for his self confident attitude , I doubt Pedro could have continued to pitch well after losing his fastball.
So, are we actually talking about "EGO" here , or self-confidence?
"There are those who look at things the way they are and ask why.....I dream of things that never were and ask why not?"- Robert Kennedy
A couple of interesting lists. On your don't hustle list you include Lebron James, and that's just not true. If he were just the best scorer, you might have a point, but he also leads his team in assists and rebounds and probably in minutes played. A-Rod and Barry Bonds both worked hard up until age 30, and A-Rod even after that when he went to the Yankees and willingly moved to 3B so Jeter could stay at SS. A-Rod liked the money a lot of course, but he really wanted a WS ring. His problem, like Clemens, is not that he didn't hustle or work hard at the game, but rather that he cheated, which is very different.
On our own team we have a player who routinely does not run out grounders and who rarely plays in the field. I would argue, however, he is encouraged to sprint only when it's necessary and to play 1B only in NL parks.
It is very unusual, on the other hand, for a AAA player not to run out grounders, which is exactly what Iglesias did, and that is why his manager benched him for at least a couple games. It's OK for an all-star still hitting like gangbusters, but not for a wannabe who at the time had a problem with his hitting, but never with his glove.
Let's not forget that Iglesias, as confident as he no doubt is and was, could not hit worth diddly last season. It was bad enough to cause the Sox to go after Drew. This year Iglesias looks very confident at the plate and usually gets a piece of the ball and strikes out infrequently.
Make no mistake. As far as I am concerned, all is forgiven. The kid is absolutely amazing in the field and has earned the right to be a little cocky, and the hitting doesn't hurt either.