10 Red Sox Who Are Best at Handling the Media
The media surrounding the Boston Red Sox try to stir up controversy with at least a couple stories each week, such as "Beer and Chicken Gate" after last season's collapse or the "Golf Gate" of Josh Beckett this season.
However, there are some members of the Red Sox staff and players who can handle the media very well and make sure to avoid saying anything that could be misread into something bigger than it really is for a controversial statement.
Cody Ross has been one the most positive players for the Boston Red Sox in 2012.
Whenever he is asked about anything after a game, such as the Kevin Youkilis trade, he reacts as one of the leaders in the clubhouse should.
He is very upbeat and lets the media members know how he truly feels without it making headlines that he doesn't care how this team performs or that he does not feel there is anything wrong.
The outfielder let everyone know exactly how he felt about the deal and that the veteran would be missed, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Dustin Pedroia is a scrapper and sometimes after a bad loss can become a little agitated toward the media, but he usually says the right thing at the right time.
He admitted that Youkilis would be missed when he was traded, reported the Chicago Tribune, and that it was a good deal for both sides.
The 28-year-old is really the new captain on this team without the big "C" on his uniform. The letter should not matter because this team has multiple leaders who usually are able to keep the controversy at a minimum.
Besides his occasional lashing out toward the media, David Ortiz is one of the best leaders in the Red Sox dugout.
The 36-year-old veteran DH is one of the most lovable members of the Red Sox since he came to the team from Minnesota in the early 2000s. He may have to deal with the media during a slump, but when he is playing well, he answers any question with a big smile on his face.
The General Manger of many teams seem to be hard-pressed when dealing with the media during press conferences.
Ben Cherington reminds me of someone who takes his job seriously, but acts as a puppet for the owners. Sure, Theo Epstein left him with no cap room and bad contracts, but Cherington has dealt with the whole situation respectively and willing.
He does not blame anyone for the misfortunes of this team and does not take criticisms lightly. He meets everything head on.
It is really up in the air how everyone feels about the new manager of the Boston Red Sox.
Bobby Valentine has said some controversial things since being hired this past offseason, but he does know how to handle the spotlight since working as a previous manager and as an ESPN analyst.
He may be quirky and sometimes awkward at the podium, but he delivers his message with conviction most of the time. He may pause to think of exactly what to say, but that is the best way to deal with the media.
The best thing about this rookie phenom was how he treated the Kevin Youkilis trade.
Will Middlebrooks said, "Words can't even explain it. He's taken me under his wing and showed me the ways and really made me comfortable," reported the Chicago Tribune.
This was the best thing any Red Sox member said about Youkilis and shows exactly how the younger players should handle the media on this Red Sox team.
Felix Doubront is one of the other young players who is never in the bad light of the Boston Red Sox.
It seems as if he just pitches and then says all the right things. He admits when he struggles and when he does good. He does not admit to poor run support or blame the same old thing like Jon Lester or Josh Beckett.
The young lefty is probably the best starter due to the way he handles the media.
Alredo Aceves is another true team player for the Boston Red Sox.
He can do anything from starting back-to-back games or being the stud closer who gets the job done on a nightly basis.
He has racked up 19 saves and has recently spoken out about his "lack of work", reported redsox.com.
This may seem like a bad thing for Red Sox Nation, but it actually is something the Red Sox needed to jump start a seven-game road trip out west.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia not only leads the pitching staff, but has really found his voice on the team for the 2012 season.
The 27-year-old has spoken out on more than one occasion when he has struggled to call a game or believes that someone needs to start stepping up. He admits to his own mistakes and that what makes a positive image in the clubhouse.
Adrian Gonzalez had trouble handling the media in 2011 due to his lack of exposure to the limelight with the San Diego Padres to start his career.
He said the wrong things at times and even was misinterpreted on more than one occasion.
For instance, he blamed the schedule of the last month of the season for the lack of wins, reported the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham last season.
"“We play too many night games on getaway days and get into places at 4 in the morning," said Gonzalez." "This has been my toughest season physically because of that. We play a lot of night games on Sunday for television and that those things take a lot out of you… Why does it have to be? … The schedule really hurt us, but nobody is really reporting that.”
In 2012, however, he has been one of the players who has shown up on a daily basis and faced the media like a champ.
Sure, there has been the hiccup, like when he announced that he would hit a home run the next day. But he really has settled into the quiet leadership form that most everyone thought he would be when he arrived in Boston.
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