Monday, March 10, 2008
Pags Plays Homer, Falsely Credits Yankee Kindness towards Children
We've teased Pags before for his Joe Morgan-esq aversion to the Moneyball philosophy. but, he is reasonably interested and for a group of guys growing up in the Yankees media market during his playing days, we take interest in the where-are-they-now aspect of the players we grew up watching the Scooter hoot and holla about.
As such, we check out his Dugout Central website to see what sort of knowledge he cares to drop on the world.
Apparently, we aren't the only ones who check it out as evidenced by his mailbag feature.
This weekend, Sam G asked:
Which spring training parks are best/worst for fans who want autographs?
Pags: In Fort Myers, FL at City of Palms park, home of the Red Sox, fans are very close to the field. Seats along the 3B line provide access to players walking to and from the dugout. One of the most difficult places to get autographs is in Tampa at Legends Field. There is a lot of security, so it’s tough to get close to the players. However, the Yankees players accommodate fans often by signing a ton.
This stuck out to me because last week on Fat Mike and Chris' radio show, a caller bitched about how unaccommodating Yankee players were.
Note the last two sentences in Pags' response as you listen to the audio below.
1. "There is a lot of security, so it’s tough to get close to the players."
Then listen as the caller talks of how accessible Phillies players were.
2. "However, the Yankees players accommodate fans often by signing a ton."
Maybe Pags meant "none" rather than "a ton."
I don't often agree with Mike and the Doggy, but they actually put into perspective the point about not caring whether people make money off a guy who's making millions of dollars' autograph. Not like their livelihood depends on it.
Looks like Pags is trying to stay in favor of his old team. Or he just lies to his readers.