Access. Access is a hot-button topic today, as it relates to professional athletes. Should Albert Pujols make himself “available” to the media after a tough loss? How much is expected of athletes and how much? What value lies, in this age of social media bypassing the standard media outlets, in canned quotes and “both teams played hard” clichés?
When done correctly, social media (just Twitter, really. Facebook? What am I, your nana?) helps shape perceptions of players drastically and instantly. Brandon McCarthy is a great, great twitter follow because he’s smart enough to spell correctly while tweeting (usually) about Liverpool FC, baseball, and life in an endearingly self-deprecating way.
Brandon McCarthy showed his Web 3.4 acumen this week with a tour-de-force performance. Not content with spitting hot fire on Twitter with the Fox broadcast team within his sights, he popped up on Fangraphs with some high-test nerd bait. Hit the jump to cement your mancrush on one BMcCarthy32.
Firstly, McCarthy and some friends did the same thing most people do on Twitter during the World Series: bitch about the banality of Buck & McCarver. The A’s starter had the good sense to do it in a mostly constructively manner. To the Storify machine! The non-tweet commentary is my own.
Somebody wise said on twitter this week: maybe the baseball ratings would be so bad if the broadcast team didn’t send people running the other way. Interesting to see McCarthy and Brett Anderson seem to agree. Perhaps McCarthy can take a turn in the booth when his playing days are over. Too bad it isn’t likely to happen.
In a great post on Fangraphs today, McCarthy opens up about his own existential baseball crisis in 2009. After mixed results and injury problems pushed him closer to the broadcast booth than the pitcher’s mound, the former Ranger and White Sock vowed to make serious changes to prolong his career. It is a great read which I highly recommend so let me simply blockquote the money line. It is hardly surprising.
“As stupid as it sounds, I set a goal that I wanted to become Roy Halladay. I wanted to throw what he throws, work in his sequences, because when you watch Roy it seems very easy… it seemed a lot less effortless than what I was doing.”
Your new favorite player, everybody. Get on the phone, Anthopoulos!