Although I don’t always agree with everything that journalist Steve Dilbeck writes in his L.A. Times Dodgers blog, I usually do. I have always respected and enjoyed Steve’s work and was honored to finally meet him in person recently through the Dodgers bloggers spot.
I found Dilbeck’s piece this morning on Andre Ethier to be very good, as it (possibly) explains what has been going on between Ethier’s ears for the past couple of seasons; things that have alienated him from fans and even more so the media. Rather than paraphrase Dilbeck’s Andre Ethier’s new world order: The contented ballplayer article, I encourage you to read it for yourself so that you can draw your own opinions and conclusions on what Ethier had to say at his press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
To be very honest, I am leaning more towards taking Ethier’s comments with a grain of salt rather that simply accepting them as his ‘new word order’ as Dilbeck calls them (and I suspect that Dilbeck does too based on the tongue-in-cheek title of his article). I mean, it’s pretty easy to say exactly what people want to hear when you’ve just been handed $85M (and possibly more). That being said, I have to admit that Andre said exactly what I wanted to hear, especially when he acknowledged his past mistakes and that he has, at times, taken what he has for granted:
“I admit I’ve made a lot of mistakes. There are a lot of things I would have done differently along the way. I guess you only learn as time goes on.
“I’m standing here 30 years old and I’m still putting on a uniform for a living, which is unbelievable. You don’t realize how many times in your career you took that for granted. It’s something I made a point not to do all year, not to take this game for granted. You don’t know how many more years you get to play.”
I have long felt (very long, in fact) that this taking for granted thing is what leads to ugly separations and bitterness between players and their fans and the media – something that Andre has had a knack of doing quite well in recent years. Hopefully this will all change for the better, as Andre has indicated that it will.