Re: Poster of the Year Award
posted at 1/3/2014 8:36 AM EST
The point I was trying to make is that NO ONE here should be ridiculed.
When someone is stating their honest opinion, with at least a modicum of insight, then you are correct.
If someone comes in to say criticize our #1 pick as a slow-footed outfielder, who doesn't field as well as Gomes, explain to me why they should not be ridiculed? They did not come by their opinion honestly, so they are not being honest with us. For lack of a better term, they are trolling.
And, FWIW, I am not a believer in 'you are entitled to your opinion'. My belief is that one is entitled to an informed opinion. How would you react if I started giving out obviously uninformed medical opinions? If one were to ask me my opinion on whether thie 9 month old child is underweight or not, the only appropriate opinion is 'I have no clue. Ask Pumpsie'.
Further, if someone is unwilling to do any research at all, I am not sure why they would want to offer an opinion. It's why I don't often opine on our minor league system. I like that we have a lot of low numbers next to ratings, and that maybe we'll have 8-10 in the top-100, but I can't translate arm motion. So when posters like Hugh and RSProspects and others in here start explaining why they don't like a given prospect, I'm done. They know this stuff and i don't.
And last, but certainly not least, it is okay for you to change your mind. When I explained Lester and Doubront to you, you pretty much refused to listen to anything I said. As I have said before, I think you're a very bright guy, but you need more of an open mind. To paraphrase one of the best things I ever heard, it is much easier to teach nuclear physics to someone who knows nothing about it than to teach algebra to someone who thinks they already know all the answers.