Re: Question: Why is it necessary to put another player or players down when supporting one?
posted at 8/10/2011 12:38 PM EDT
In Response to Question: Why is it necessary to put another player or players down when supporting one?
[QUOTE]This is an anathema to me. Why is it necessary, as is the practice of some, to put down other Red Sox players in an effort to somehow make the player being supported by a poster seem more consequential? It isn't as if the discussions involved are about players on opposing teams. That would seem natural, even though nasty put downs aren't always a requirement there either. But it would seem a much better place to say "this guy is better that than guy..." Instead I see over and over one Red Sox member, even those performing extremely well, somehow being used as a negative in balance toward another. Of course this is completely ludicrous when considering how the guys in the club house actually think ... at least with this team. Jealousy has certainly been a factor in club houses of all sports before, but to their credit, this Red Sox team seems more and more like a single unit as the season rolls on. I also realize some of us have whipping boys. Especially when things are going poorly. But now? Now when so much is going well and so many are doing well, a team that has at least three legitimate MVP candidates, a comeback of the year lock, a blossoming talent in RF and and even more outstanding one in CF, and a star coming into his own in LF. This team hasn't lost a series since June ... And yet, in the minds of some of the guys on this board, a few really sick guys, the need is there to bash something. Why? What kind of a mind says, "Cross out all the good and find something irritating to dig out. Then throw it in between the teammates of your favorite team, like you think you're building up something when all you're doing is tearing something down. I'm not talking about everyone, not by a long shot. But what the heck is wrong with the mind that has to bash when things are going ... BETTER THAN ANY OTHER TEAM IN THE LEAGUE AND SECOND BEST IN ALL OF THE MAJORS? Senseless and sick. Especially when a few - maybe one or two - are willing to even bash one MVP candidate so as to make another appear better. It must really suc k to live in that mind. It should be a joyous time, but instead all they want is to pull finger nails out of someone .... Again, why is that necessary? Why is it even being practiced?
Posted by SinceYaz[/QUOTE]
Good post Yaz,
I don't personally dislike any of our players and have been a Sox fan over 40 years. I do feel it's fine to voice your displeasure with certain players when there are facts to back it up, or it's so obvious you are just looking to get thoughts from fellow fans. Some fans continually bash our players just for attention. Unfortunately, we do have fans here who feed right into it instead of ignoring them. Others just choose to provoke the "attention grabbers" making things even worse.
Then you have a "select few" experts who will Stat you too death, but leave out important information because it may disprove their statement or theory. These fans either "again" begin a war of words when called out, or simply avoid a response because they have no answer. Again, It's only a select few, there are many more who use Stats to support their thoughts very well, while remaining open minded to all the facts.
Unfortunately that's what makes up a discussion board, but there are still a lot of great fans here to discuss baseball with and not get involved in the drama.