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The intense amount of negativity swirling around the Red Sox [team stats] lately has not just bounced off their batting helmets and fallen harmlessly at their sides.
No, the distractions have mounted to the point where performance and results are affected. You could tell by how manager Bobby Valentine looked and sounded yesterday.
Or, more vividly, you could hear it in the colorful language of David Ortiz [stats].
“It never will end,” said Ortiz about the run of distractions. “It’s always something that has to come up, especially when the team starts getting in a good mood, something ‘poof’ comes up, all season long. It’s hard to play baseball like that, it’s hard to play baseball like that. I’m one of the guys, I wouldn’t mind you guys criticizing a guy because he’s not doing his job on the field because there’s something wrong with it, but the negativity that I have seen lately is something that is not even related to things that have to do with us winning ballgames. I don’t think it’s fair.”
Herald - Situation takes its toll
Lots of good, lengthy quotes by Ortiz in that article. Go check them out.
But Ortiz is right. To quote Rick Pitino, "All the negativity that's in this town sucks." Not that I'm any better than anybody else. Losing is awful. Winning is great. That's true for the players, the media and the fans. But when the team is bad, and losing, you're forced to drum up your own fun. And that often manifests itself into taking cheap shots and players, and the organization.
But that's how the society of sports works. The fans are pissed because a team that, on paper, looked like a contender can't win games. They want to know why this team is falling so short of their lofty expectations. Instead of trying to put lipstick on a turd, the media feeds into that by highlighting all the negatives that they can find. The fans consume the media, they get some answers to their questions, the media gets their page views and paper sales. And everybody on that end of the spectrum wins.
And that's not fair to the players or Valentine. It's truly not. But that's how this industry works. Pre-internet, teams had much more control over what stories made it to the masses. That's all gone. The Sox can quiet the local media, as they did about the July meeting. But they can't keep it from the national media. Someone is going to get that story and run with it.
Again, that's how this whole system works. The only way to solve this is winning.
Rest of the links:
Herald - Club paying for David Ortiz's absence | Sox go in deep end | Globe -Ortiz stands by Red Sox manager Valentine | Yankees hit five homers to beat Red Sox | CSNNE - Red Sox lethargic in 6-4 loss to Yankees | McAdam: Sox folds becoming routine