May 06, 2004


Let's talk about baseball.

Redsox won last night. Finally.

It wasn't pretty, but it was a "W", and it broke the streak, so that's over. Tonight we see if Pedro can put his pitching where his mouth is.

I haven't commented yet about Pedro's "they don't love me" rant of a few days back. Here's the thing.

It's not that I have a problem with him having these opinions. He's got a big ego and he gets his feeling hurt surprisingly easily. But hey, he's human, we all have our flaws. No, what amazes me is: what was he thinking?

He went before the media and basically whined that the owners weren't giving him what he wanted. Maybe that's true. Gordon Edes' column this morning indicates that the owners are trying to drive a very hard bargain. But what did Pedro think he was accomplishing by crying in the press?

The fans now think he's a whiner and the owners are no more endeared to him, especially since he openly called them liars. Plus, he went out that night and pitched one of the worst games of his career. What did he think he was accomplishing by this stunt? Was it simply uncontrolled ego venting? That's what it looks like.

I don't mind that both parties are bargaining hard, that's business. And I don't mind that Pedro's got a big ego that got bruised, that's only human. But mouthing off like that, possibly injuring team morale and concentration, and possibly his own focus as well. Well that was just plain stupid.

Posted by jackhodgson at May 6, 2004 10:54 AM