Calling off his concert right move for Arroyo
By Kyle Nagel
Monday, June 25, 2007
Two weeks ago, I put together a short story about Bronson Arroyo and his pitching troubles. At the time the Cincinnati Reds starter had a 13.25 ERA in his previous four starts as part of a downward spiral that continued into his next two starts. He entered Sunday with a 2-8 record.
The morning that short story ran, I got a voice mail from a reader who was obviously disgusted that Arroyo did his guitar-playing and concerts in his off time. The caller said, quite loudly, that he felt playing the guitar had affected the way Arroyo gripped the ball and was able to throw his pitches.
Then early last week, the Reds announced that Arroyo canceled his Perfect Pitch concert set for July 1 in Covington, Ky. I'm sure that made the caller a little happier, but I hope he doesn't think it was a nod that the performances were making the pitcher physically unable to perform.
Still, Arroyo's move to cancel the concert was the right one. Fans like hard work and dedication, and it's tough to watch a guy who has lost six straight decisions go out and entertain on a stage the way he should be entertaining on the mound.
All of this is just another example of perception. When things are going well, fans will forgive almost anything. If Arroyo had won six straight starts instead of lost six straight, Reds supporters would say, "Wow, look at how well-rounded he is."
Instead, because things are going bad, they feel his concerts are a hindrance.
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