I understand that people overreact from articles like this, but I have considered Chapman a nut for a few years now. Something has always just seemed off about him.
I don't even necessarily think it portrays him as being uninterested in baseball. He just doesn't want to watch it on TV. He's hitting in the cages even, which is beyond what he's even required to do.
I don't get the feeling that he is the sharpest knife in the drawer. Pair that with a lot of money and time and you may have a problem. Just my own speculation.
Talent is God Given: be humble.
Fame is man given: be thankful.
Conceit is self given: be careful.
And it's not like Pete used his down time most effectively.
Chapman is a unique bird. Seems like a loner although I guess good that his parents are with him now. Agree this won't end well although the Reds only have 3 yrs left of Aroldis until FA. Shame the Reds and Aroldis won't maximize his potential value, but we might as well just sit back and enjoy the ride for the rest of his tenure as a Red. And hope everything off the field holds up for Aroldis.
Definitely a lot of red flags in that article with the caveat that ESPN and certainly the magazine is National Enquire-esqe without the credibility. Professional athlete smoking Marlboros and no interest in life at age 25 when you have the world by the balls are both not good signs. As WOY said he is working out somewhere and staying in shape unless he is regressing this offseason.
South Florida has nearly 900,000 Cuban Americans, almost 20% of the metro area. Where he lives in the nice suburbs of Southern Broward/Northern Dade is probably 30-40% Cuban American most with above average income. It's not like he's holed up in Duluth or Buffalo.
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An article could have been written here casting his life in a much more positive way and nobody would have known the difference. He is surrounded by family (generally thought of as a positive), he is giving back to Cuban athletes (generally thought of as a positive), he goes to batting cages for fun (generally thought of as quirky and fun when pitchers like to hit.) Instead the author chose to highlight his sleep schedule (I wonder if the writer was annoyed he had to wait until 4 for Chapman to wake up, and I wonder how many athletes are night owls), he noted every time the guy smoked a cigarette (ballplayers like stimulants? WHO KNEW?) He frames RedsFest as "mandatory" like Chapman had to be dragged kicking and screaming, even though there's no evidence Chapman minded going (and even if it's not his favorite thing, so what? He showed up, right?)
I'm not going so far as to say the article was unfair, but you could write something like this about a lot of pro athletes.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
He was probably lucky he came out at 4. Looks like the parents told the writer he often stays holed up in his room until sunset. On the east coast that's usually at least 5 or 5:30 isn't it?
I would think that living in a mansion in a warm climate and playing a child's game for a living would cure anyone of depression. If not, then his issues are deep and severe.
How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids