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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: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

WOW....sounds like mike vick would fit in well with the clowns on the red sux!!



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

didn't take him long to become a punk.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:47 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Add 'Gonzi' to the list of Sox I've grown to dislike.

Why not blame the collapse on the curse of Krista Lackey? 

 



Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:31 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

polarp69

That's the best you got? If you are going to rip a New Yorker or a Yankee fan, do a better job than this lame response.... 

Let me guess,  you are from New York and probally a Mets fan. When the subject is fist pumping or Jay Z, we'll be sure to give you call. Until then go find a bridge in Strong Island and jump off.
 <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> polarp69 (superstar)


Why you hating on Jay Z?  What would you prefer, swaying to Sweet Caroline... "ba-ba-ba...good times never seem so good, so good, so good."  That seems like a joke considering that at this point in your disappointing season, your players are making T-times.  

Did you know that A-Gon had requested that they stop singing that song because it slowed the game down too much?  

"Where it began, I can't begin to know when
But then I know it's growing strong
Oh, wasn't the spring, whooo
And spring became the summer
Who'd believe you'd come along...."

Excuse me while I wipe the tear rolling from my eye.




Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:17 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

WOW... I didnt know until the last few weeks what a moron this guy is (great player, even though he totally choked this month). He has said some of the dumbest things I have heard from a baseball player, and thats saying a lot.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:12 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Let me guess,  you are from New York and probally a Mets fan. When the subject is fist pumping or Jay Z, we'll be sure to give you call. Until then go find a bridge in Strong Island and jump off.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:08 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Gonzalez's comments since the game have really killed my love and respect for the guy. I was so excited when the Sox finally got him and now I could not care less if I ever see him in a Red Sox uniform again.

You're a man, Adrian...act like one. Stop whining and deflecting blame. Just suck it up and admit you guys stunk.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:06 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

couldn't have happened to a better bunch of fans or ballplayers...karma



Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:40 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Yes sir, Adrian Gonzalez is trying to find reasons for the Red Sox collapse....he should look in the mirror, and then at his stats for the last two months of the season. While digesting his numbers, he should focus on his disparity between his performance against the Yankees and Rays and what he did vs. the rest of the American League.  They are choking....I mean shocking.  

If he had hit .200 against the Sox's chief competitors, a rise of slightly more than 100 points in batting average, his team would be playing today. Franconia would still be the manager, and all these threads would have different themes.  The only negative I can think of for the Sox, would be that JD Drew is now pissed that the season has to continue.  JD would be a good fit in San Diego.  Nice weather...short seasons.

Why are baseball writers, talk show moderators, or baseball analysts not concerned enough to decry A-Gon's August and September performance?  This is beyond me.  Instead they blame injuries, pitching, the signings of Crawford and Lackey, the Yankees losing three to Tampa Bay, and finally Franconia's inability to control his team's effort or clubhouse attitude.  

A-Gon is the culprit.  I suggest he make a grand gesture and offer to exchange salaries with Ellsbury.  That would be  magnanimous,  showing Gonzalez's understanding of how much he sucked.  

Baseball is unforgiving in nature.  You can't hide (unless you're JD Drew) when it's your turn to produce, the whole world is watching you center stage. It's hard to blame anyone about the .095 A-Gon recorded against the American League East rivals.  A-Gon can try. " It's God's fault. ESPN's fault and all those hitters that work counts and slow the game down. Things were never this slow in San Diego."

I have one bit of advice for Gonzalez: Shut your mouth Adrian and gaze into the mirror. It's all your fault.



Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:32 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Does this idiot understand that TV and Cable Rights go a long way in funding salaries such as his @ $145 million? You want the big bucks you go to a big market francise that is marketable through out the country and big Networks (ESPN, MLB, TBS, etc) pay big bucks to show your games in Prime time to attract an audience. His comment "the Padres should also be on ESPN"; most of us have minor league teams in our towns that are more exciting to watch. Man up Adrian, your in the big leagues now!!!!



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