Re: Players "madder" at 0 for 4 than for a loss, more interested in personal goals than in the team's welfare
posted at 10/8/2011 5:08 AM EDT
There are many ways that a baseball player might behave selfishly. Even if they are done on the open field of play, they are not always detectable from the stands or by the TV camera. If they are done away from the field of play, only the manager, the coaches, and teammates have a chance to detect them, whether they are blatant or subtle.
At the very least, let's have some examples from the manager whose life they blighted, and might have cost him his job. After a loss, for instance, how did Terry know that a man was more upset by his 0 for 4 than by the loss? I mean really know. That's a very serious accusation. "Why are you dragging your tail?"
"I went 0 for 4. That could affect my personal goals." "Did you notice that we lost the game?" "Oh, yeah, that too." Did someone who was sat say or indicate by demeanor that Terry should have played him or not hit for him or not run for him even though Terry was trying to win the game? "Why didn't you try to move the runner up a base?" "What, give myself up when I'm trying to post an average of X. Are you nuts?' I mean, what did Terry have in mind but not say? If you're not prepared to say what you have in mind about THIS TOPIC, then don't say anything.
The party line since the collapse, especially as articulated by Theo, is that the team ( and the front office ) won and lost as a team. Let's not point fingers. In this instance and for purposes of a post-mortem, the implication is that all players are equal. To paraphrase Orwell's great line from Animal Farm, it looks as though Terry has chosen to say, "All players are equal, but some players are more equal than others." Who? Let's take the others off the hook.
The boy seems to think that there will not be plenty of digging into Terry's remarks. I think there will be even more digging, because the remarks are just hanging out there begging for speculation -- which has already begun in this forum; digging can hit innocent by-standers with flying.
"Drivel." "Media storm." This boy has quite the refined vocabulary.