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Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Posted on: September 29, 2011 5:46 pm
 
Adrian GonzalezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

There's no shortage of scapegoats for Boston's historic collapse -- you can choose Terry Francona, Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford, Marco Scutaro, Jonathan Papelbon, Daniel Bard or any of the team's starters -- but Adrian Gonzalez would like to add ESPN to the list.

"We play too many night games on getaway days and get into places at 4 in the morning," Gonzalez told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. "This has been my toughest season physically because of that. We play a lot of night games on Sunday for television and that those things take a lot out of you."

Abraham said he noted to Gonzalez that's part of playing for a high-profile team.

"Why does it have to be?" Gonzalez responded. "They can put the Padres on ESPN, too. The schedule really hurt us. Nobody is really reporting that."

Of course, the Yankees are on national TV quite a bit too, so that hurts that argument.

And, well, Adrian, you're a smart guy -- you know why the Red Sox are on more than anyone? For the same reason they can pay you $154 million over the next seven years, because they're popular.

In August, the team's three-game series drew record ratings for MLB Network, Fox and ESPN. If you want to be less popular, you may want to play for a different team and accept a smaller paycheck (may I suggest the Padres? San Diego is beautiful this time of year -- and every time of the year, really.)

Gonzalez isn't alone among Red Sox hoping for less national games featuring his team. At the All-Star Game, I asked Boston's Kevin Youkilis about just how much you see the Yankees and Red Sox (at about the 2:30 mark).

Oh, Gonzalez had someone else to blame, too -- "God didn't have it in the cards for us," he told Abraham. But hey, at least nobody still hanging on to the idea of a curse, so maybe this is an improvement. 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

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Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:09 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

A-Gon has made an interesting, yet slightly flawed point.

Ronald Reagan said the former Soviet Union was "An Evil Empire." Sorry Mr. President, you were wrong.

Yankees haters have declared New York as the Evil Empire. Sadly my friends, you are also wrong.

The REAL Evil Empire is ESPN.

ESPN has been attempting to monopolize the sports media market for years. Their multi-billion dollar TV contracts are the driving force behind college football realignment. Sports Center broadcasts have become all glitz, and glitter, with very little substance. They have declared themselves the "World Wide Leader in Sports", when in fact they are the leaders in gossip, heresay, and tabloid sports news. Yet the mindless masses gobble-it-up as if it were the gospel truth.

ESPN is Evil, and they have a tremendous influence on sports in America, but they're not the reason Boston choked. Look in the mirror Adrian, then turn around and look at all of your teammates.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Don't look now, but after this latest debacle AGon has been part of three of the biggest September collapses in history:  2007 Padres blew big wild card lead to Colorado (Rocks won 21 of 22 down the stretch), 2010 Padres blew a big division lead to Giants, and now this.   Can't really point the figure at him in any of the three cases, but still...





Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Hey Adrian, you get paid the big mopney so shut up and play. You are one of the few Bosux players that playedgood. Now you are taking on their trait of whining?Come to the Yankees, a REAL baseball team.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Maybe Adrian is the curse. Couldn't win in San Diego and can't win in Boston? Hum, seems kind of funny to me.



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

The Yankees and Red Soxs get ratings everywhere whether you like them or not there are better things to do on a sunday than watch Padres vs Astros



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Waaaaaaaaa, I don't like being popular on a popular team making lots of money, I want to go back to San Diego and be an anonymous first baseman for an unnoticed team.  Boo hoo Adrian, you and your $150 million dollar contract can suck eggs.



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Not to defend Gonzo BUT........as a fan living in the mid-south....the Red Sox and the Yanks are BOTH on prime time way too much.  ESPN seems determined to televise everytime they play each other also.  FOX has the Cardinals on too much also.  ESPN thinks the sports world revoles around all things Boston/NYC.  It really does suck.  I mean ther Yankees do have their own network, YES?


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