Monday, February 22, 2010

Employee of the Year

Quote of the day (and I don't have time to do this everyday, so don't expect it): "I did not personally see him, but Terry Francona reported that J.D. Drew had arrived at camp. That leaves Marco Scutaro and Mike Lowell as the lone players yet to show up. Today was only report day and players can do that by phone. Tomorrow is when they have physicals and go through the conditioning test."

Source: Peter Abraham, who sees everything. If PeteAbe didn't see JD, then he either didn't really show up and Francona is covering for him, or he showed up, dropped his bags off, told Francona he had a sore gun hand, scheduled an appointment with the trainer, looked longingly at the schedule, wishing November were here, and ran the F out of there as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, seems like Pedroia has been there since Groundhog Day.

One of my boys said he likes Drew because he treats his job like everyone in corporate America treats their job. Which leads to the question: If Drew were required to do 40 hours a week, how often would he log the 41st? I'd say almost never. The guy must have shown up because if he didn't, he'd hear it from seven different bosses (not Theo, of course, because of his OPS). All he wants is to not get hassled. Between that and the fear of losing his job, apparently $70 million would make a man work just hard enough to not get fired.


Anonymous said...


Your buddy who likes JD Drew pointed out the exact reason Red Sox fans don't like him--he treats his job like everyone else in America treats their job. And that's a fine attitude to have if you're a teacher or dentist or work for the Department of Motor Vehicles or any other unglamorous job. But professional athletes and musicians and actors have literally the easiest jobs in America. People who do those things for a living have nothing to lose. If they aren't good at their jobs it is entirely inconsequential. If a baseball player has a bad season or a musician puts out a bad album nobody dies. Nobody goes to jail. People may complain, but it doesn't really matter anyway, because at least in the athlete's case his salary is so exorbitant (and often guaranteed) that he'll never have to work again.

Ultimately, we want to see professional athletes have fun and play hard, because we'd trade places with them in a heartbeat. And when we don't see that from our celebrities/athletes, they come across as ungrateful and out of touch with reality.

--the Gunn

John said...

Which friend is that by the way?

the gm at work said...


Absolutely. And to bring it one more level, it is frustrating that I (or you, or Dustin Pedroia, whatever) care more about the Red Sox winning than JD Drew does. I have no control over it. He has a lot of control over it. So why do I care more than he does? It's just not right.


To protect his privacy, we can call him "BQ" in a joke that probably only Pat will get. You don't know him.