Re: Philly fans appreciate Jr. Why don't we? (Warning: Rant)
I appreciate your point of view Jake, about my picking a fight. In truth, I feel like the fight was already started and I was retaliating.
That said, name calling is immature, particularly on an Internet boad. Perhaps if I were to change anything I'd retract that. But quite honestly, the past few years, it seems like when I log in to RZ, it's just loaded with kicking and screaming. I'm sorry, but after watching the appreciation for Griffey in Philly while at the same time reading here about how awful he is, well - let's just say a few years of frustration got the better of me.
As far as the 4 different things going on - a concise thought turned into a rambling rant. Since I don't write much on here anymore, I suppose I was venting all at once. In doing so, I wasn't very clear about some of the topics, such as the benefit of stats and the tiered/elite status between SD and ORG.
To be fair, I have no problem with the new generation of stats. Information is power, so use it when you get it. The point I was trying to make was that the perception of many on this board is that of a bunch of stats/analysis enthusiasts who care about numbers only and ignore the beauty of the game itself and some of its nuances. Honestly, it's great to have a mix of interest on here, but when these people attack Junior for every single thing every single time, it gives off the impression that they really don't understand baseball, only the numbers behind it.
One of the greatest things about baseball is there is so much to love. I don't think I suggested there is only one way (my way) to appreciate baseball. In fact, I think I stated the opposite of that. Sometimes people should put the pencils down and take a minute to watch him swing the bat. To watch him interact with the fans. To watch him mentor the younger generation. To appreciate him rather than tear him apart.
Believe me, there are times when I get frustrated with his slumps and wish we had a plus defender in RF, but I have never felt the urge to bash him as a player or person. People are different - I know this - I guess I just need to accept it.
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