The Milwaukee Brewers produced a video last week trying to drum up All-Star Game voting support for center fielder Carlos Gomez. This week, they released a similar tongue-in-cheek, political ad-style video supporting catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
You can see the video here:
The response to this latest ad has been both predictable and kind of silly, particularly among fans of the St. Louis Cardinals and their outstanding catcher, Yadier Molina.
There are many who took this video—an obvious spoof of the attack-style ads so prevalent in American politics these days—seriously.
— Sam Grus (@Motor_Mouth_6) June 18, 2014
— Stephen Wade (@stephenpwade) June 18, 2014
Do the @Brewers really think Lucroy is better than Yadi? Hahahah yeah right.
There were at least a couple of voices of reason out there, although even they made their defenses of the spot personal attacks.
The same people outraged about this Lucroy video are the same ones that live vicariously through others. Yadi isn’t your savior #stopit
— Matheny Must Go (@MathenyMustGo) June 18, 2014
— Michael S Motorcycle (@mizterfish) June 18, 2014
I understand it—it’s the 21st century, which I long ago dubbed “The Era Of Being Offended By Everything, All The Time.”
There are certainly things out there worthy of taking offense and I would never (OK, maybe sometimes, but only with people who really know me well) make light of those.
But to work up this level of emotional distress and outrage over a baseball player? And to blame the baseball player as if he sat at his computer and produced it himself? Really? Maybe the new generation really is the biggest bunch of babies in the history of mankind.
And the bottom line is that Lucroy is having a better offensive year than Molina—and it’s not even close.
So what about the part of the game upon which Molina built his well-deserved reputation, defense?
Molina has thrown out 16 of 29 would-be basestealers this season, a rate of 55.1 percent. Lucroy has only thrown out 12 of 42, 28.6 percent.
Obviously, advantage Yadi.
But Lucroy is tied with Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the National League lead in hits with 88. When was the last time a catcher led the league in hits? That would be never.
And as Brewers’ broadcaster Joe Block points out, Lucroy’s numbers are on pace for something epic:
— Joe Block (@joe_block) June 18, 2014
For people upset and offended by the video, I feel kind of bad for you. The world really isn’t out to get you, so perhaps things might be a little more fun if you stopped looking for things to get offended about.