Fake Outrage: The Media vs Rhys Hoskins
After the Phillies blew another game yesterday to Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets, Phillies’ first baseman Rhys Hoskins spoke with the media.
I am honestly confused why there is so much outrage from Rhys Hoskins’ post game press conference yesterday. I understand that the Phillies are extremely frustrating to watch. However, the outrage towards him seems pretty unjustified. Here’s the interview after yesterday’s game.
First thing is first: The Phillies haven’t made a bunch of good plays on defense and it 100% has hurt them late in games. The bullpen, has also blown a major league leading 20 saves this season.
Rhys Hoskins did the following in his press conference:
- He took accountability.
- He commended his teammates who did play well.
- He acknowledged the mistakes that have been made.
- He provided some optimism for the rest of the season.
Here’s the problem with the media. Rhys Hoskins made a statement on “what the media should write about” and of course, the media nerds took offense to it. They said “Rhys Hoskins was playing victim” after the loss. Nope. You couldn’t be more wrong. See the bullet points above and get out of your feelings.
I’m not going to link NJ.com writer Ryan Novozinsky’s article about the situation, but it’s titled “Excuse-filled Phillies” blah blah blah. I have no idea who this guy is but what a total hit job by Ryan. How embarrassing for the state of New Jersey and Ryan Novozinsky. It’s like he never watched a baseball game before.
Then, you have this guy:
Edward wants Rhys Hoskins to take 100 ground balls instead of getting engaged. “Do it on your own time” like Rhys Hoskins got engaged during the seventh inning stretch of a ball game. Okay Edward. I suppose athletes can’t get engaged if their playing on a losing baseball team. It’s certainly not an organizational failure that the Phillies haven’t been in the playoffs in nearly a decade. Get over it dude. That was two years ago.
There are a million other people outraged on Twitter with Rhys Hoskins. Yes, he is one of the most hot and cold hitters in Major League Baseball, but also leads the Phillies in home runs (16) and RBI (43). He’s not the guy to be mad at. I promise you.
Look, I understand that the Phillies are terrible right now and nothing in Philly sports seems to be going our way right now, and maybe ever. But to drum up all this outrage on the internet about Rhys Hoskins post game press conference is completely misguided. We can do way better. Go yell at Joe Girardi for being a terrible manager or the entire Phillies organization for failing to put a good product on the baseball field all while having one of the highest payrolls in Major League Baseball.
Rhys Hoskins telling the media to also acknowledge the good things is the least of our worries. The Phillies should have SWEPT the Nationals and the Mets. They should be on a six game win streak. They didn’t because their bullpen is complete dog shit. That’s the real story.