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One Fig Leaf of a 'Probably' Aside, He Finally Kind of Gets It

“In the realm of sports, yeah, no question, it was a devastating loss. It was a devastating loss for us as a team, certainly for me as a player, and for the fans, no question about it. As a fan of sports and sports teams, I understand that feeling. But I guess I was approaching it more from a life standpoint and not so much from a sports standpoint. … Was that the right time for me to try to make that distinction? Probably not.”

Finally. Now go away anyway.

5 comments to One Fig Leaf of a 'Probably' Aside, He Finally Kind of Gets It

  • Anonymous

    I was thumbing through John Feinstein's book the other day and came upon the exchange that launched the original d-word into the Metsxicon (the 'x' is silent). The question put to him was “how devastating is this?” That he actually sat there in the wake of it and was able to draw a distinction between what he perceived as devastating versus disappointing as opposed to saying “yeah, this is terrible”…as McCarver would say before he became a burden to listen to, think long, think wrong.
    T#m, let's be honest. We wouldn't have given a whit about you from a life standpoint if not for your relevance to us from a sports standpoint. You wouldn't pretend to care about what we think of you either. And you're in the frigging business for 20 years. We would have thought you'd have figured that out without repeated goading. Maybe you're not as bright as everyone said you were. Rich, yeah, but bright not so much.
    Yes, you can go now.

  • Anonymous

    I get it, and it's really not his fault. He couldn't be devastated, because he's an android who's devoid of feelings. His sensors tell him how he's supposed to act in certain situations, but deep devastation isn't one of his options.
    Empathy for those who made his lucrative career possible was also never programmed into him.

  • Anonymous

    Too little, too late.

  • Anonymous

    i just don't get why he didn't say it was the worst thing that ever happened to him, even if he had to lie.
    “so how about that absolute catastrophe of a stain on your hall-of-fame career?” “well me and the wife we do a lot of work for kids with cancer.” thanks for clearing that up.

  • Anonymous

    Man, you guys whine too much. Let it go. So he said something stupid. Do you think that he wanted to lose that day? You try and paint a picture that he didn't care at all. How about the 2 wins he had in the 2006 playoffs? Do you think he cared then?