Outrage For Outrage’s Sake

Today in shocking and appalling news: Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, less than a day after leaving a hospital for esophagitis, was seen in attendance at a charity event for The Greg Hill Foundation. An outraged segment of the Boston sports media horde has but one question for the tall right-hander: How dare you!?!?!

In the hyperbolic and CAPS LOCKED world of Boston sports radio stations, an event raising funds to assist families stricken by tragedy is quite easily played up to be a vodka-sponsored pool party. While the obvious motivation for such nonsense is attention, and there’s an element of me that wants to be understanding to the “radio host douche bags gotta eat, too” justification for such, I can’t help but wonder why these idiotic stories garner such responses in the first place.

In this instance, the provocation of outrage is obviously artificially induced by salacious word selection and skipping important details (like doctors giving Buchholz the go ahead and the pitcher exercising temperance at the event), but let’s pretend as though the claims of the sports radio station are more complete and accurate than they truly are. Let’s pretend that the Red Sox pitcher got out the hospital and started drinking like Orson Wells while carousing at pool parties like he was a villain from Burn Notice.

Who gives a fuck? No, seriously. Do some soul searching, here. Why the shit do you give a fuck what Clay Buchholz does in his spare time?

Sure, it might be disappointing that his preparation for playing baseball, the sole virtue for which most of us even know who the person is, could possibly be lacking, but until his performance is actually affected by his actions, why do you care?

Even if the imaginary drinking/carousing that the radio station’s Twitter account is attempting to infer are to have a dramatic effect on his ability to pitch for what I can only assume to be your favorite team, he’s likely not very long meant for baseball anyway. So, Buchholz’s impending joblessness wouldn’t be enough for you, he also must suffer through being the target of your disdain.

I don’t want to get into some bullshit conversation on Western obsession with celebrity wherein we all start sounding like first year sociology majors. I really want to know why any of us would give a fuck about what Clay Buchholz does.

I understand that being a baseball fan is a vicarious experience, in which we project ourselves into the outcomes of plate appearances, game scores, standings and seasons. We all take varying measures of pleasure and pain from the achievements and failures of others. However, the furthest this experience should extend off the field is into the front office, not the personal lives of the athletes involved.

I would suggest that no one is genuinely offended over anything that Buchholz does off the field. We’re all so pathetically repressed in our expression of emotion that instead of being legitimately outraged over something a baseball player does, we see the opportunity to express outrage and don’t care if it’s genuine or not, so long as we have an outlet for emotion that allows us the opportunity for expression without the reality of dealing with what that expression is truly about.

So, have at it, idiots. Go get angry and upset and enraged over something so beyond the scope of what should be your interest. You’re not fooling anyone, or garnering anything beyond pity from people who see through the charade and know deep down your avoiding dealing with something that might actually be meaningful.

Comments (28)

  1. This isn’t a big deal. I still think Beckett golfing WAS a big deal, though.

      • I would like to see an abundance of caution from my just injured players. Golf, while not rugby, can still lead to an injury.

      • Because if you’re too injured to take part in the physical activity you’re being paid to do, you shouldn’t take part in a physical activity for leisure.

        If you call your boss and say you’re too sick to come into work, you probably shouldn’t go out drinking that night in a public area.

        • @Darnell, that’s Ludic fallacy. It could happen. Many things could happen. We don’t know enough details to pass a judgment like that.

          @Michael, that’s about twelve different fallacies. Why is your first sentence a rule? The second sentence is using a metaphor that doesn’t remotely resemble the issue at hand.

      • Agree with Darnell.

        because Beckett had a minor shoulder injury (shoulder stiffness) that was preventing him from performing his job. I’ve golfed with a stiff shoulder and it certainly didn’t help my shoulder feel any better. In fact it made it a bit worse.

        In most professions, if you unable to perform due to injury or illness, you are expected to rest. Golf might be a lazy man’s game, but it does put some wear and tear on the joints, especially the shoulder. I mean he could have put down the clubs for a week. He is being paid a huge sum of money based on expected performance which is directly tied to physical well-being.

        • My 80-year-old grandfather who can’t walk to the end of the driveway manages to haul himself on to a golf cart and play three times a week. It’s not like Beckett is Tiger Woods

        • The thing is: a) we don’t know the specifics of his back injury, and b) we’re not kinesiologists.

          • I think that’s a cop out. By that logic we shouldn’t be debating anything to do with baseball because we’re not GMs, managers, etc., etc.

            We’re not recommending any medical treatment other than no other sports soon after an injury.

          • I am a kinesiologist and the torque of a golf swing due to the rotational forces is tough enough on a healthy back. for an injured back its a disater waiting to happen.

            Also if I was too injured to work and was caught on a golf course I’d be fired.

            But you are correct in that what they do is the team’s brass business I could care less

          • @Sal – so you’re saying golf is an activity in which no one who wants to remain healthy should participate?

          • @Julius All sports are unnatural movements that come at some risk thats why there are injuries. Now with healthy ppl you are usually fine and your body adpats to the stress over time which actually strengthens you..When injured though your body does not adapt and gets worse, this is why we rest when we are injured.

          • I know that this may be off topic from the outrage… but wasn’t his start skipped also because they had a rule 5 pitcher (or waiver acquired pitcher) who they needed to have make an appearance in order to retain on the roster? From what I read out of some of the less inclined to freakout Boston media, it was suggested that both he and the team felt he could have pitched inf necessary, but because of the roster issues it was convenient for him to take the day off.

  2. I hope the radio guys run Buchholz out of town. Have him traded for a once-prospect reliever and a utility player. And Beckett too, for his golfing. And Papi for his anti-media comments. Maybe then the Sox will finally have a “successful” team full of people who actually care about baseball. Like Pedroia, but just ignore the rest of his family.

  3. Also Parkes, methinks you might care what the players do in their spare time if Buchholz did have too much to drink, drove himself out of there and into a minivan full of nuns.

  4. You tell ‘em Parkes! Only a twit would be outraged by Clay’s behaviour.

  5. Boston sports fans are provincial idiots. They have the sports media that they deserve. Nothing more to see here, move along folks.

  6. Why is Parkes so outraged about some douche bag radio hosts trolling on twitter? And is it feigned outrage?

  7. getting angry and salacious at anger and salacious…..irony

  8. The Boston media is a disease, and this comment thread seems to be proving just how well it infects all too many fans. This is how y’all are gonna scare David Ortiz out of town, just like you ran me out.

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