Saturday, April 10, 2010

Everybody's Fault But Mine

So good starting pitching, wasted offensive opportunities, and a bullpen who could hold a three-run lead but not a one-run lead led to another blown save and Red Sox loss last night. We had another frustrating home run from Nancy, and by frustrating I mean nobody understands why someone who can launch the ball as far as he can keeps on rolling weak ground balls to the right side.

Another important aspect of last night's game is going to basically inspire an oversized comment to yesterday's post. But Ortiz is really doing his very best efforts to make Red Sox fans not miss him when he signs with the Royals or somebody next year. The way he plays baseball right now sucks, and there is a big divide between the cool Ortiz a few years ago and the new Ortiz who apparently is cranky because he's no longer irresponsible with his use of vitamins and supplements. His reaction after chasing a ball in the dirt for strike three in the sixth inning last night is just another example of the player becoming a complete prima donna who blames all of his problems on everyone else instead of taking personal responsibility for anything. Let's take a look at the other examples:

-David Ortiz is a victim of the umpires, who just hate on him for saying he swung on a pitch in the dirt. It had nothing to do with the fact that he has a deteriorating eye.
-David Ortiz is a victim of the fans and media, because they are judging him on seven at-bats where he looks like he's never played baseball before. Of course, it has nothing to do with the fact that he looks like that, or the fact that he has sucked similarly since, well, 2008.
-David Ortiz is a victim of the fans and media because they are concerned about his performance in meaningless spring training games. It has nothing to do with the fact that he can't even hit minor league pitchers in practice games anymore.
-David Ortiz is a victim of Red Sox management for not acquiring another hitter to protect him in the lineup. David Ortiz doesn't want to do his job himself.
-David Ortiz is a victim of the media who were mean to him after he showed up on a list of steroid users. It has nothing to do with the fact that he stuck a bunch of illegal substances into his body. He deserves an apology, even in the eyes of his manager.
-David Ortiz is a victim of the vitamins and supplements he took in the Dominican Republic. It has nothing to do with the fact that he was actually doing a mountain of steroids.
-David Ortiz is a victim of the players' union for not giving him any answers for why he tested positive for steroids, or telling him that he tested positive. It has nothing to do with the fact that they DID tell him that he was on the list. And Ortiz obviously didn't want to just say which illegal drugs he intentionally took.
-David Ortiz is a victim of the MLB for not destroying the List of 104. It has nothing to do with the fact that he was a platoon player who continued to use steroids despite advanced notice of testing.

This guy is a freaking joke. Take some personal responsibility for your actions on and off the baseball field. I have never seen anything like this since Mo Vaughn blamed the Boston media for his father's urinary tract infection.

6 comments:

The GM said...

Also, here's a Pat F moment to commemorate last night's Yankee game:

"The innings [Vazquez] pitches at this level is better than probably any middle reliever in baseball."

(From February 8, 2010)

Anonymous said...

DV

Very frustrating game last night for all the reasons that you mentioned. At least it's very early in the season and it wouldn't be out of character for the Sox to rip off eight or nine wins in a short span of time.

Also, that ball by JD Drew was crushed. An absolute bomb. Shots like that aren't something every major league player can do. It makes you wonder why he isn't good for 35-40 homers a year.

Lastly, and perhaps most enjoyably is this: You can take Javier Vazquez out of the National League, but you can't take the National League out of Javier Vazquez.

--the Gunn

the gm at work said...

Gunn,

I forgot to even mention this, but how about 46's aggression on the basepaths, trying to take second on a hit that was not in the gap? I guess getting thrown out at second is part of the run prevention efforts.

I mean, number 2.

The Varitek debut is going to be the highlight of the weekend.

jason said...

i dont get why they didnt intentionally walk ankiel in that situation at all, 3 for 3 on fire? first base open? i was only watching gameday so i didnt hear any commentary on why they might have done this?

Anonymous said...

I can live with Adrian Beltre at third this year. Did it make sense to go get him when we had lowell? No. But I can live with a guy that wants to go out there and live and die by swinging the bat. Basically the opposite of JD Drew.

Bandi

the gm said...

Bandi,

Not sure how I feel about a guy who was clearly irresponsible with his use of V&S in 2004, frequently hits from one knee, and ignores baseball fundamentals such as "that's the outfielder's ball." But I also appreciate the aggression. A dead part of me reawakened when I heard that Beltre was NOT an OBP guy.

And I was not at work last night.