Stop with the Criticism…


A friend of mine asked me today what I thought of many across New England and the country questioning the coaching of Red Sox manager John Farrell. Here is my verbatim response:

“I think its all nonsense. That’s one thing I can’t stand. He’s praised all season because it worked, now that they lose a game, and he gets questioned. Maybe people should just trust him, they won 97 games for a reason”

(Excuse some grammar issues, it was a text)

First off, Farrell is one of the absolute best in the business and should probably win Manager of Year based on where the Sox were prior to his hire. He took this team from the bottom to the top with a great chance to make some serious noise in this year’s playoffs. 97 wins people, that doesn’t just happen. They had the BEST record in baseball this year, and because they lose ONE game, you’re going to say he’s a terrible manager. He is a guy who looks at everything and every possibility before making a decision, you will never see him make a rash decision. He made the same moves in the regular season and they worked, now since they didn’t work once, his decisions were bad. Another thing I can’t stand, if something works the person is praised and if it fails the person is bashed. How about we give this guy another chance, I’m sure he’ll make it up to all of you questioning him and tomorrow you’ll wake up and remember what a great manager he is. Please, just stop making Farrell out to be terrible, he deserves much better than that. I personally love Farrell and at this point, he has me saying “In Farrell I trust.” Whatever he does, I see his rationale behind it and support it. The only reason that this trust exists is because he has gained credibility over this summer and deserves trust and respect.

Which brings me to another manager being questioned. Fredi Gonzalez, the manager of the 96 win Braves is being questioned because he failed to bring the best closer in baseball into the game in the 8th inning when they were winning 3-2. If the Braves won the game, it was headed back to Atlanta for a decisive Game 5. The announcers and reporters all over are saying “how can the best reliever on your team not pitch in a game you were winning and had to win. Well the answer is quite simple, Craig Kimbrel (the closer) is a guy who very rarely needs to get more than 3 outs in an appearance and the guy they had in David Carpenter had a 1.78 ERA this year. He was a stud this year and a guy they could rely on. I have no issue with Fredi throwing Carpenter instead of Kimbrel, it would have gone completely against philosophy to bring Kimbrel in and I applaud Fredi sticking with what he believes. Once again, Fredi is a guy who deserves the public’s trust and respect, his team finished 2nd in the NL this year with 96 wins, that’s pretty darn good if you ask me.

Enough about the specifics, let me broaden the horizon:

This argument I have outlined not only applies to baseball or sports, it applies to life as a whole. If someone has acted in a consistent manner that has proven successful over a period of time, trust and respect needs to be established. Being successful for a long period of time means that you clearly know what you are doing and should have credibility. It’s like when a straight A student fails a quiz. Is that student no longer smart? NO, they just messed up once. But, the teacher knows what kind of student they are and trusts that they will work hard to do better next time. The student has developed a track record of success and has credibility as a student. If the successful individual continues to mess up time and time again, maybe then it is time to start questioning their decision making, but as long as success is still ever-present, cut the person some slack, they deserve it.

Basically, someone who is good at something will screw up from time to time, who cares. They are seen as good at what they do for a reason, they ARE good at it. Let them continue on and try again and I’m sure they’ll prove you wrong. So let’s all take a step back and let these people do what they do. They are the expert not us, so what gives us the authority to second guess their actions. We as a public need to stop taking every opportunity to question, criticize, and second guess and let people who are successful continue to be successful.




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