Silence on Pelfrey’s Comments Broken

By / August 15, 2011 / 2011 Season, Media

You can thank the New York Post for once again making the Mets look ridiculous. I’m sure you have all heard about Pelfrey’s comments regarding the team’s chances going into this season. Here is the direct quote:

It’s unrealistic for anybody at the end of last year to come in and say, ‘The Mets, this is a one-year thing, next year we’re going to win it all’.

Now, you really cannot blame him for what he said. You all were thinking the same thing. Right or wrong? You can say “I believe” all you want, but you were right there thinking, “We haven’t got a prayer” once you started thinking about the Philadelphia Phillies rotation and what the Atlanta Braves front office put together in the offseason.

Pelfrey was speaking the truth. It was “unrealistic” coming into the season thinking this team was going to win a World Series. Pelfrey did not say they would not make it to the playoffs. He did not say this team was not going to do anything. He only said:

It’s unrealistic for anybody at the end of last year to come in and say, ‘The Mets, this is a one-year thing, next year we’re going to win it all‘.

You all know that at this point, you would give your right arm, left arm, and your legs just to get into the playoffs again. Since 2007, Mets fans have been teased with chances to make it via the wildcard by just one game. Thank you Florida Marlins for killing those chances.

Everyone is quick to kill Pelfrey for what he said. Even I was like, “Oh hell no! His ass needs to go”. Yet after reading everything in the article, then I started thinking something else. I found myself thinking I had to defend him.

If there is one thing about the media, they will do anything to create a story. This is what happened here. Why did the Post feel the need to share that comment with another player knowing that it would probably create turmoil in the clubhouse? To make a bigger story. It is what the media does.

Fans of any sport wish the players would be more honest during interviews. Right or wrong? Yet why should they? Anything they say can be misinterpreted to make something out of nothing. I agree with Brian Costa at the Wall Street Journal when he said:

This is the kind of episode teams remind players of during media training sessions, in which they are taught, essentially, to keep their answers short and bland. And it’s the kind of thing that makes players afraid to say anything blunt or even (gasp!) entertaining.

Nobody said anything about how Pelfrey was saying the front office is heading in the right direction. There were no comments on what he said about the organization heading in the direction to make the playoffs every year.

Oh you didn’t know he said that? Well then you didn’t read the whole article.

Pelfrey was not being a negative Nellie. He was being honest. He said what most of you have been saying all year. (Do not deny it because I can pull up all of your quotes from Facebook and Twitter.) You cannot kill him for that. What you can do is kill the media for trying, or rather succeeding, to make something out of nothing.

I am not going to demand a gag order for Pelfrey. This is the one time I actually will give him a free pass. That is saying a lot since I do not give out free passes unless they are to get out of Flushing. You can expect “bland” interviews from now on. Of this you can be certain.

Oh and to the anonymous player who said, “He’s supposed to be the ace of the [bleeping] staff. Why don’t you go and win 12 or 13 games?”. I would like to know who you are and see what your numbers are. What have you done to help when he has pitched well enough to win a game? Do you pitch well enough out of the bullpen? Did you hit enough to help win? I’d like to know who you are.

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