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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: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:12 am

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Rosecrans said it best.  He took the big money and with it comes extra visibility.  Its not that hard to understand.  If he wants less prime-time games he can go back to Petco Park.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 11:14 pm

The fish stinks at the head

As long as Francona is manager we will never be contenders.

I said this at the beginning of the season. No amount of talent can overcome his mismanagement.

Those who point to his two World Series rings should know the Sox won in spite of him not because of him.

Any future rings Francona will ever see will be in his bathtub.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 10:38 pm

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Maybe he should motioning to his throat instead of blaming the schedule. I for one would be happy to watch any other team play on Sunday night.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 10:25 pm

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Obviously, Adrian Gonzalez never worked the swing or graveyard shift in the regular job market or served in the Armed Forces where they are on call 24/7.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:42 pm

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Guess the Red Sox will throw some money at Fielder and Pujols now, Gonzalez is obviously washed up!  haha

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:20 pm

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

Adrian Gonzalez is nothing but a big cry-baby.  He can't blame himself or his team for their monumental collapse so he's going to blame anybody he can.  Playing on TV at night on getaway day has nothing to do with how the Red Sox blew their season.  They just flat out weren't good enough.  Just shut up and play ball.  Oh, I forgot!!  They aren't going to play any more till next season.  LOL!!!  As a die hard Yankee fan, that really does my heart good to say that.

Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 6:54 pm

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

I at least agree with him about the tv thing.  Unfortunately, sports is general, is just now a tv show.  With flex scheduling and rediculously late start times just get some sort of exposure for stuff it's annoying as a fan.  Some of these commercial breaks are up to 5 minutes long.  I went to last week's Arizona-Oregon game and they were able to play an entire U2 song over the PA system during one of the quarter breaks plus commercials.  Pathetic.  Disney is annoying.

On the brightside, Red Sox nation should be thrilled with these comments.  He's been there less than a year and he's already whining, complaining, blaming others, and not taking responsibility.  He sounds like a Red Sox fan.  Props to him for fitting in and adapting to the culture quickly.

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2011 6:00 pm

Gonzalez adds ESPN to list of Boston scapegoats

BAH!   day or night shouldnt matter one bit, this is your JOB and you get paid MILLIONS to do it!      
; if they played at 3am, better be damn ready to play!   just excuses

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