So Andy Martino, over at the New York Daily News, asked this question on Twitter:
“Why do people compare Francisco to Benitez? There have been many bad closers in the intervening years.”
His implication seemed clear, particularly from the writer who once wrote a piece speculating that Mets fans, who adored Jose Reyes and Pedro Martinez, were sour on Luis Castillo because of race, rather than because of his poor play on the field or that dropped pop up against the Yankees.Notice also that despite a general dislike of Francisco Rodriguez within the fan base, no one is comparing Francisco to Rodriguez, despite the two of the being of Latin descent.
...Like I said at the top, looking at the role race plays in the perception of athletes is worth doing. Throwing assertions and insinuations about it out there, when there are clearly more obvious reasons for fan reaction, diminishes the careful look at an important aspect of analysis and makes the case harder to present when racial motivations really are present. I think Martino does a disservice to such examinations by saying this on Twitter, just as I believe he did with his Castillo piece.
Posted: May 14, 2012 at 01:14 PM | 45 comment(s)
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