Re: What is your response to Mark: Teixeira Complains That Long Red Sox-Yankees Games Are 'Brutal' and 'Ridiculous'
posted at 9/1/2011 3:38 PM EDT
In Response to Re: What is your response to Mark: Teixeira Complains That Long Red Sox-Yankees Games Are 'Brutal' and 'Ridiculous'
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: What is your response to Mark: Teixeira Complains That Long Red Sox-Yankees Games Are 'Brutal' and 'Ridiculous' : Roy, be careful about opening the box of Pandora here. If you are paid millions of dollars expect to be villified for bitching about a 4 hour game? Ok, then I'm using that against Lackey, Crawford, and anyone else I see making a boatload of cash and not performing to expectations or even career norms. Can't have it both ways. It's either we have the right to obliterate players who are overpaid and not doing their jobs and the right to rip them for their comments based on those overbloated salaries, or if we are to take the tact of some posters on this board, we should never use salary to dictate how we judge someone's performance. Baloney! I don't think Tex was saying something out of line, hell, he was telling the truth. More players ought to be that forthright (Palmeiro, McGwire, Clemens, and the list goes on). I don't think his salary has anything to do with his comments, personally.
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Danny, I don't think it's the same thing.
Money doesn't make a player a better player or make them something they're not. If a player produces but it's not up to a level we feel is equal to the salary, then so be it. If they're working hard, that's all I ask. If they just aren't any good -- hey, it is what it is. I'll rip a player for not producing, but I don't rip a player because I feel he should hit 20 points higher with 20 more RBIs simply because he's making x-amoung of dollars.
My statement is more general and it's not even focused on big-money players. It's about working conditions. It even applies the minimum-salaried players. Major League players are paid great money, yet he's making it sound like being on the field an extra hour or so is akin to working in unsafe coal mines of the 19th century.
It's two very different things.
In general, he's right about games being too long. Like I posted, I don't mind long games, but I don't like slow-working pitchers and batters who keep stepping out. However, he's not some poor coal-miner working in a company town getting paid next-to-nothing. So don't throw around words like brutal. If had simply said that some of these games are too long but acknowledge the intensity of the games and how the lineups are strong so that is the reason pitchers nibble and why they might take time between pitchers to concentrate and acknowlege that hitters step out so they can be more focused -- or soemthing like this -- then I'd have no problem.
I don't know, maybe I'm putting too much focus on the word brutal. There's nothing wrong with saying he likes the pace of NL games better, but the way he worded his entire response, he comes across as a spoiled whiner.