I ask for a moment of your time to remind everyone about one of the founding rules of the board:
Speaking as someone who reads this site for enjoyment, it's gotten terribly out of hand the amount of insults, jabs, and such that the aforementioned players receive. In particular, I think it's silly the amount of times we've had a perfectly acceptable baseball topic - completely unrelated to said players - and a poster has single-handledly managed to remind everyone that Rich Aurilia and Tony Womack suck. Personally, I'm tired of seeing this because a). it's happening with increased regularly with topics that have absolutely nothing to do with either of these players, and b). I think it detracts from what this board was founded on and still prides itself on: intelligent baseball discussion.Direct personal attacks, flames, fights, trolling, name-calling, general nuisance, excessive player criticism or anything along those lines. It is fine to be critical here - that's what this board is for. But let's not beat a subject or a player to death, please.
By no means am I an apologist for either of these players, particularly Womack. Feel free to read past posts of mine, if you don't believe me. Trading for Tony Womack, let alone potentially making him your every day second baseman boggles my mind. IMO, it was a silly move by a man who is thankfully no longer the Reds' GM. However, whether you, I, or anyone likes it, what's done is done, and unfortunately, there's little that you or I can do to change that fact until he is released.
Am I saying you can't be critical when the inevitable occurs and the above players (or anyone else who takes on this role) stinks it up? No, of course not. You're more than welcome to be "intelligently critical" and I'll probably be one of the first to join you. But what I am tired of seeing is things like Tony Womack making a single out and the chorus immediately starts: "Why did we trade for him again?", "Why don't we get rid of him?" and so forth. As is often the case, most of this repeatedly comes from the same handful of posters. However, as I mentioned above, I'm especially tired of seeing this in threads completely unrelated to either of these players. Just as the rule states, you are more than welcome to be critical without beating a subject or players to death, as has definitely been the case here lately.