Re: It's very sad that so many are giving up on Adrian Gonzalez
posted at 5/7/2012 5:08 PM EDT
In Response to It's very sad that so many are giving up on Adrian Gonzalez
[QUOTE]I'm sick of it. If you've been posting here for any length of time , you will know what I am talking about. The word was that Theo was "actively" trying to acquire Saltalamacchia and Gonzalez. These guys were on his radar for so long. We had regular posters with their "get Salty" posts. These were two dream players that all of the Fenway faithful could agree would NOT fail! Okay, Theo did his part, he brought these coveted players to Boston...many of you rejoiced. Some over reacted and had Gonzalez as an MVP before his first Red Sox at bat. it's sad though, these two are not quite the "instant" sensations that many of you expected. I see two guys who got thrust into a new market, a tough market where what you did yesterday is only good for about 12 hours. They cannot be in a slump, they cannot struggle or they are classified as failures. Salty is maybe never going to be Jason Varitek or Carlton Fisk. He may even be replaced by Lavarnway before long....does this mean he's "trash?" There aren't that many "great" catchers in the game....how about giving him a chance? I am not talking about a season or half-season. Give the guy a chance. Gonzalez is the real deal. He is a talented 1st baseman, he can flat out hit. I am thinking he will never hit well enough to satisify this bandwagon fanbase. He is not Ted Williams or Yastrzemski. He is going to be fine, he has been around too long to be a fluke. Can we let these guys have a slump or two without calling for their release or a trade? How about sticking with your guys for a change? These two are worth sticking with, these guys are winners, not whiners.
Posted by ZILLAGOD[/QUOTE]
I agree 100 percent.
What kills me is when posters rip Theo for getting fixated on a player. Umm. ... isn't that what GMs do. They look for players they think can help the team and when they find them, they try to get them.
What was Theo supposed to do. ID A-Gon as a player he thinks could help the Sox then not try to get him. Hmmm ... makes sense to me.
I think A-Gon's pressing. Yesterday in that last at-bat, is it hard to believe that he so-wanted to come through that instead of being patient and look for his pitch, he goes up and swings wildly at three bad pitches.
That's exactly what I was talking about on another thread. Trying too hard at the plate can lead to bat habits at the plate. THat's how slumps develop.
I still think A-Gon will be a 30-100 player.
As for Salty, his defense is a bit of a concern. I don't like the way he's gone after low pitchers. Instead of moving his body to block the pitch, he lazily just reaches for it with his arm like Rich Gedman did on Bob Stanley's WP in Game 6.
But your point is well taken. Why can't fan stand by their players or team in tough times. Some posters rip the character of the Red Sox, but what about their own? What's the character of fans who want to dump players at the first sign of a slump or don't stick by them in tough times?