So, instead of a healthy Dustin Pedroia coming off the DL in time for the Yankees series, we have a stubborn Pedroia going on the DL in time for the Yankees series. Not only that, but we had to suffer through him clogging a roster spot as he gritted it out and acted tough while he performed like garbage in the games he could play in. When is everyone else going to get tired of Laser Show’s act?
Probably never, because the media loves the guy. I actually heard a radio idiot wonder this afternoon if the Red Sox were looking past Seattle to the weekend series with the Yanks. Was that the reason they got swept? Was it another example of the poor character of this team? Was it lack of focus? It certainly wasn’t because Pedroia was awful while he was playing, and robbing Bobby Valentine of flexibility when he wasn’t. Did anyone see the line-up the Sox had to use in the last game against Seattle? Would focus have really helped?
On the first day of Jere’s Anti-Boston Media Weekend, I think it’s telling that one of the biggest crimes of the media comes to the forefront. The fact that things that make their jobs easier are examples of good players. Who are some players that have been well liked in Boston? Pedroia? Ortiz? Millar? What do they all have in common? They give the media great quotes. Who are some players who have been constantly dogged? Dice-K? JD Drew? Adrian Gonzalez? What do they all have in common? They’re dull.
What’s the biggest crime a player can commit after a poor performance? Not “owning up to it.” Not talking to the media. Josh Beckett got shelled…and then WASN’T AVAILABLE IN THE LOCKER ROOM! So, it’s a major character flaw, apparently, if a player doesn’t make the media’s job easier? What exactly does talking to the media prove? That you’re talkative. Other than that? I can’t think of anything. Are you more sorry if you tell the Herald that you played poorly? I’m fairly certain that every player dislikes playing poorly whether they say it in print, or not.
So gritty (quotable) Pedroia will continue to get a free pass. He had nothing to do with the horrible west coast trip. He was busting his butt, after all. Not like that slacker Crawford who is waiting until he can actually play before he plays. If only more players were like gutsy (quotable) Pedroia, last September might not have happened. Despite his superior numbers in every meaningful category, it was Adrian Gonzalez wilting (not giving quotes) that killed the team down the stretch.
Drives me crazy.