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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: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:20 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

What a baby. What a loser. What a douche.

In the minors, we rode the bus 16 hrs overnight all jammed in there after a game and arrived at the field 3 hours before game time the following day. These guys fly first class, stay in 5 star hotels and don't even carry bags or anything. Shut up Gonzalez. You are a loser.

When can God stop being used for everything? His excuse of "God didn't have it in the cards for us" can easily be turned into saying "God wants us to play at night on Sunday"...you are a fraud Gonzalez and a loser



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:13 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

never understood the arugment of they make alot of money so its easy. he makes the money precissly because hes can do something not many others can. if what he did was so easy he wouldnt be making all the money. the time is a challenge, the hours are difficult, the have to be in peak shape, and alot of pressure to perform. there are days you love your job and days your hate. you very very lucky if you have a job that both provides for your family and you enjoy. i sure as $hit am not that lucky. but hes not suggesting that he hates his job, just that its tough and might have been a factor in the teams performance. i dont buy it. 



Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:08 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Another whiny Red Sox fan.....Hey I was originally from the area and am a huge of the other 3 professional sports teams....I know how Red Sox fans operate, most of my family and friends are Red Sox fans and when the team is doing well they talk it up and when they aren't they pretend they haven't following the team.....As for Gonzalez's comments...He's in the spotight on a Spotlight team just like the Yankees and I have never heard a Yankee player use the excuse that they are on TV to much....If Gonzo doesn't like it then go play for Kansas City..............Big money team...Big money player...suck it up pal your team tanked simple as that!



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:08 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

I think that since you are a Redsox fan, I would guess that your opinion about Yankees and their fans is clouded at best. I think that Trenton is in a much better position  to objectively assess the fan bases of these two teams. haha. As Papi would say, "Take it like a man"



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:56 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Suck it up Adrian!  You are getting paid MILLIONS to play a game!!  You have NO ONE to blame except you and your teammates for not getting it done!  I am a Red Sox fan but him using this excuse if pure HorseCh&&!



Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:44 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

im a redsox fan and even i dont like what gonzo did here, i know hes trying to find a reason for their collapse and doesnt want to blame any of his team mates but truth is the team didnt have enough time to gel and im not worried about them at all moving foward. But the real reason why im commenting back towards you trenton is because you obviously have never heard from a yankee fan or you wouldnt have made that statement, the yankee fans are the worst when their losing and their only argument is how many rings they have.



Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:42 am
 

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 haev to travel.
DavePa84

Yea,  I know what DavePa84 means.  The work of a professional baseball player is so taxing.  I bet you couldn't find more than 100,000,000 men in the world making about $50,000 per year who would trade places with Adrian Gonzalez and his million dollar salary.  

I know how A-Gon feels.  It's kind of the way I have always felt about Monday night football, professional and college basketball, and MLB playoffs starting games so late.   I have to get up so early to go to work, I'm tired.  That's not fair.  That's why my life sucks.

A-Gon is a complete loser.  Pretty soon he'll stop playing against tough lefties....and begin blaming God and his father for not making him a switch hitter.





Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:28 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

I love it when the team begins to reflect it's fanbase.  A bunch whiny suckasses!  I hate the Yankees too, but at least their fan base knows when to shut up and the organization expects their players to shut up with the excuses.  This red sox team and it's current players are an embarassment to pro sports.  Go home, shut up, and get ready for next year you babies!



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:16 am
 

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 haev to travel.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:13 am
 

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

I agree with Gonzalez. Getting on a plane Sunday night at midnight (1 AM if they played the Yankees) after packing all his equipment and uniforms, standing in security lines for 2 hours and flying for 3 hours on a small commercial  prop plane with coach seating is a tough gig. He gets in at 4AM, has to be up at 7 for his 9-5 job, and THEN scramble to the ballpark to play a 7PM game against the Orioles.

What? You tell me that clubhouse boys pack the bags, he gets ample amounts of free food from a post-game spread,  he get whisked past airport security, flies on half empty chartered airplanes with first class seating, and can he sleep until 2PM because he makes $20 million a year and doesn't need a day job?

Well, then he should shut the he!! up.  

Someone from the generation of Phil Rizzuto or Ted Williams would roll over in his grave (I thought about making a headless joke here but thought better of it). They would complete a series and proceed to take a 16 hour train ride to Detroit. That sure is fun. Not to mention that many had real jobs in the offseason. 


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