August 01, 2011

How Perception Shrouds Reality: reviewing JD Drew's time in Boston.

"[T]he contrast of Drew and Lowell ties together why their incongruous treatment by the media matters. Lowell can come back to Boston any time, sign some autographs, make some money, do some television and never purchase a meal of his own. Really, he is something of a local hero. On the other hand, despite both his team and personal successes, the media climate has made for a difficult five years in Drew's case. "

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 03:59 PM - 7 comments

Lowell was a World Series MVP and finished 5th in MVP voting in 2007. I think that has a lot to do with why he's so well respected. He came up big when the team excelled, which tends to lead people to remember you being better than you actually are (see: Renteria, Edgar.)

posted by dfleming at 04:35 PM on August 01

Right, but he also hung on too long and sucked at the end, while complaining about not being a starter in spite of the nice contract he was sucking up. But no one remembers that because he had a pre-existing reputation as a Good Guy.

posted by yerfatma at 05:45 PM on August 01

While Drew wasn't winning MVP's he did have some moments, & at the time was appreciated.

Wonder why it didn't stick long-term.

posted by brainofdtrain at 03:26 AM on August 02

But no one remembers that because he had a pre-existing reputation as a Good Guy.

Yep. It's the ol' Stevie Wonder/Phil Collins effect; you get by on your past successes, no matter how crappy you are now.

posted by dfleming at 06:26 AM on August 02

Mike Lowell's popularity was largely due to his uncanny resemblance to the Gorton's fisherman. IMO and all that.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:56 AM on August 02

I'd like to contribute to the debate by pointing out that Phil Collins was NEVER good.

That is all.

posted by owlhouse at 11:12 AM on August 02

That is all.

Blasphemy! Genesis and the first track off of Face Value were great. It all sailed downhill from there, though.

posted by dfleming at 04:35 PM on August 02

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