Something occurred to me. We have such low expectations for athletes’ verbal skills. Example:
Reporter: How big was that home run you hit to win the game?
Athlete: It was big. I mean, I just went out there and played hard, and this is a big win for us.
Hmm. Come to think of it, we have pretty low expectations for TV sports reporters, too.
But when something like a steroids story comes up, then suddenly we expect athletes to be eloquent masters of rhetoric, and fault them severely if they don’t measure up.
That’s the gist of another post over on All Swings Considered. Basically, I want baseball players to talk like Curtis Granderson or Ichiro.