Re: Who is your Game 1 playoff starter in right field -should Theo make a waiver wire trade?
posted at 8/22/2011 6:53 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Who is your Game 1 playoff starter in right field -should Theo make a waiver wire trade?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Who is your Game 1 playoff starter in right field -should Theo make a waiver wire trade? : Your hatred of Drew seems beyond the scope of baseball. IMO
Posted by kimsaysthis[/QUOTE]
There seem to be a lot of reasons why Drew isn't well liked by fans.
First of all, he's represented by Scott Borass, maybe the most detested of all agents and the one who's partly (?) responsible for what Drew has done with his career.
Holding out for a contract />$10MM as a rookie and, when St. Louis refused to pay it, going to an independent league made him appear egotistical and self-centered.
Later he signed a 5 year contract with the Dodgers, missed half the first year after being hit in the hand by a pitch, and later exercised a two-year opt-out of that 5-year contract with them. That hurt his public image there some too. As late as two months before he exercised that option he had told the LA media how happy he was to be in LA and ownership and the fans felt blindsided by his leaving.
He somehow parlayed a couple of clutch HR's and half a good offensive season and stellar defense (when he wasn't hurt) during a 5-year contract with the Sox into having some people think he was worth the contract he was getting.
Drew's lack of toughness, his lack of effort, and his lack of emotion has always been questioned during his entire career.
Two negatives stick out in my mind during his tenure here.
- He was at bat when Ells stole home against the Yankees, and Drew didn't even smile. I like a little more emotion than that from my players. Maybe that's why I like Julian Tavarez. :-)
- He got his FIRST walk-off hit with the Sox this year. Amazing, huh?
OTOH, The argument can be made that the Sox knew what they were getting - and got it - when they signed Drew. Most of his offensive #'s were about what one would expect from him based on his career and he's been a much better than average RF'er.
His problem may be that given how hard the Sox pursued him and how much they paid him, he didn't live up to the fan's expectations that many (including myself) expected more from him when he came here. Many of us expected a 35/125 guy for the $10MM/year he was getting and we didn't get that. Instead we got a guy with solid, but unspectacular numbers who played good defense.
Who's right? You decide.