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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: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:08 am

Shame hockey`s just to fast for most ball fans

Boston just won the championship for the fastest,toughest,skilled game played on two feet,yet all you hear is crying.It`s a shame hockey`s just to fast and complicated for the typical drunken baseball fan.That was one hell of a Stanley Cup championship Boston won( no,i`m not a Boston fan).Pity many aren`t capable of appreciating it though.

Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:24 am

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

I've looked up the stats and written about them before.  Gonzalez doesn't have the make-up.  His pathetic batting average vs. Tampa Bay and New York during the final two months of the season speaks volumes.  His average against the rest of the American League over that same span was close to .300 points higher.  That isn't bad luck, that makes you poster boy for "choke."

Now he is crying about ESPN and late games.  Next he will cry about pitchers who are trying to get him out..  He is pathetic.  He will be making a ton of money the next seven years and I feel sorry for RSN to have to watch it.  Add that to the fact that he doesn't hustle, and you have someone special. The only thing that can be better is if Theo signs Ortiz for three more years.  You can watch two guys play with no emotion.  At least Ortiz picked it up game 162 when he actually hustled for a change.

In an interview with JD Drew, the often-injured right fielder had some prophetic words after the crushing loss..."it is what it is."  Now that's passion.  Now that's another great signing by Epstein.  I wonder who should be out...Theo or Franconia?

I feel sorry for Franconia, he got bit on the ass by his own laid-back attitude.  Problems in the clubhouse.....?  It was most likely Pedroia flipping the buffet table after a loss...Papi and A-Gon were pissed.  I bet JD Drew didn't care.


Since: Feb 21, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:08 am

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Personally, I feel really bad for the fans in Boston because their teams never win anything. No, wait... Nevermind...

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 4:01 am

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

i'm referring to phoenix numbskull

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 3:59 am

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

ahhhh. shut your damm pie hole. you soun like a dip schitt

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:47 am

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

What a cry baby Adrian Gonzalez is. It's not ESPN fault but the Red Sox management fault for signing with ESPN to do games that late Gonzalez you fool and Red Sox fans to. Stop your crying Red Sox and there fans because your back to being once again losers like you guys used to.

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:45 am

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

When Francona took over, Schilling called him "the perfect man for the job."  All he did was erase 86 years of misery along with Epstein (following the woefully ineffective GMs that preceded him, highlighted by Duquette) and lead the Sox to not just 1 title, but 2 in a 4 year span.

The Sox had tons of injuries down the stretch and got out hustled, out pitched and barely caught (but caught nonetheless) by a younger and also extremely talented club.  There is no shame in that.

Calling for the managers head to scapegoat him after all he has done for the organization, plenty of shame in that.  Not to mention what they call a "compounding error."  Rumor has it that Francona actually WANTS out.  If that is the case, it tells of a very sad state of affairs involving the team as a whole.  If I was a Red Sox fan, I don't know which would make me feel worse...A front office short sighted enough to fire a manager that has been nothing but a cornerstone of a winning franchise for almost a decade or that same manager essentially saying "I'm done, let someone else deal with this team."  Tough winter ahead for Sox fans to say the least.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:12 am

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats


spot on man spot on you are

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:59 am

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats


This year, I finally shut them off for good and watch MLB Network for my highlights. Got sick of seeing Red Sox and Yankees for almost half of the 30 minute baseball tonight and about a third of the one-hour version. It was disgusting to see a week of verbal orgasms from the ESPN talking heads regarding jeter's 3000th hit while no attention was paid to Thome's 600 home run. Last I checked, the 600 home club is the more exclusive. That's the straw that broke the camel's back for me. Nothing personal against jeter, but just got tired of the story after the first ten minutes. I think the only people they didn't interview were the upstairs maid and the person who cleans his toilets.

It is refreshing to get fair and balanced coverage of all teams from MLB network. Am also switching to NFL Network for football highlights and shy away from ESPN radio on my XM radio as well (hooked on Fox with the Dan Patrick Show and the Loose Cannons. And, except for TMQ, I never log in to ESPN online anymore (Wish CBS could lure Greg away from the devils at espn). Before I stopped, it seemed like you had to purchase premium packages to read any decent articles. And thank you CBS for the coverage you give to sports.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:51 am

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Gonzalez is a snoveling whiner. If he doesn't like getting paid oodles to play for one of the marquee baseball organizations, he can go to the Padres or A's or some other nondecript organization where he can play out his career in relative anonymity for a lot less money. Stop the whining, Adrian. 

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