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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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Comments

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

I'm a big Adrian Gonzalez fan because I live in San Diego and this is where he grew up and really blossomed as a MLB player, but to hear him complain (whine) about having to play games on Sunday night caused me to lose a bit of respect for Adrian because he left San Diego so he could get the chance to make more money & have a better chance at playing in the postseason. Unfortunately for Adrian his choice of switching teams, and leagues, didn't pan out this year but what gets me is his whining about having to play night games on Sundays. As the old saying goes, excuses are for losers and yes Adrian, you and the Red Sox were losers this season, just like the Padres. Better luck next year Adrian and please, please save the whining for a team like the New York Yankees.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Yeah... lay off these guys... they get into their private planes and land and check into their 5 star hotels at 4am where they can't even sleep past 11 the next day because room service is knocking on their doors.  Then they have to get to the stadium where they have to lounge around on leather chairs in big rooms with x-boxes, ipods, ipads, and have trainers massage them while they watch how a pitcher threw to them on computer screens.  Then they have to eat a catered lunch and go back to the cages where they hit baseballs and onto the field where they have to lay on the ground while another trainer stretches them.... it's a tough life!



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

youre an idiot.. he probably works more than 12 hours a day



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Booo whooo. i play baseball for a living. i am worked too hard. Too bad Gonzalez doesnt work 12 hour days mon-fri for 52 weeks a year, with 3 weeks vacation. Shut up. All of you.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Wagggggggh!



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Someone let gonzalez know that the Red Sox were able to give him his big payday because they are high demand for these prime time games. Then ask him if he would be willing to cut his pay in half if they schedule half as many of these late games. Doubt he would agree. Feel bad for you Red Sox fans looks like you are stuck with an excuse making loser. If the guy doesn't produce for you boo him out of town and back to some no mans land like the one he came from.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:06 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

I have to agree with him. ESPN keeps giving the Yanks and Sox these late games. Its all for TV, but the schedule stinks for these guys who have to travel

lets be honest....if the brewers or cards were on id probably rather watch dancing with the stars....



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

athletes are so out of touch with the real world they dont even realize what a disaster this country is in and how people are struggling....if i were an athlete today I would steer clear of anything that could be interpretated as trying to make an excuse....



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

This does make a difference.  It is a valid point.  The funny thing is that ESPN avoided the Brewers like the plague.  Even after the Brew Crew went on a tear and even after the St. Louis incident they still would not put the Brew Crew on.  I guess the Brewers enjoyed the rest.



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

I agree with the writer, play for someone else. Isn't TV exposure one of the reasons he came to Boston?? Go cry at home you BABY. It almost sounds as bad a big (??) poppy when the Yankees swept the 5 game series a couple of years back. I'll NEVER forget it. He said "they could have let us win one", with tears in his eyes. This team belongs watching the post season, who wants a bunch of whiners and crybabies in the post season???


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