MaudDib wrote:Again "ruined" was probably the wrong word. But they and others as well have helped create the expectation in fans that a player has to immediately make an impact. Instead of giving guys some time to figure things out, a player is considered a bust if he doesn't become the face of that franchise. I hear a lot of this on the sports radio as well. I am surprised in the fact that it seems I am the only one on this side. I would just like people to sit back and let guys work at their own pace and not demand perfection immediately. But once again apparently I am alone on this thought so I will end my rant and just pass my frustration on to my wife. Luck her!
So.. you hate human nature? Not new, at all. There have always been some player who've come out and been fantastic immediately, some take time to develop. At the age of 21, Joe DiMaggio hit 29 HR in 138 games, than followed it up with a 46 HR season and a 2nd place MVP finish. Doc Gooden was pretty decent as a 19 year old in the bigs (2nd in CY Young race).
Your point seems to be that you think it's wrong for sports fans to want a player to produce immediately? That's one side sure, the other side is that top draft picks now demand top dollar. Strausburg is about to command an obscene amount of money from the Nationals, so you know what, yes he better produce pretty soon. I'm happy to sit back and watch a guy work in the minors, but once his clock starts in the majors yes he needs to contribute at least in some way. The sport's economy has changed to the point where some of these picks are highly paid athletes already out of college/HS.