As fans we expect some sort of performance from players. We like to see home runs, game winning RBI’s, and averages that smoke out the competition.
But what happens when a player can give us those things, not immediately, but over a prolonged timeframe? This is the situation with Randal Grichuk. He has always been a power hitter, boasting his Greek God-like physique behind the plate with one crack of the bat. His ability to hit home runs has never been an issue, yet his performance at the plate has some impatient. Randal has been hovering around an average of .210 as of late. He has been getting some RBI’s, doubles, and more time on base. Sounds good, right? That number, that batting average that so many people focus on, is what makes some fans worry.
But I don’t worry, I embrace it. Why? Because I know he is doing what he can. You see, fans want results and they want them now. They don’t want to wait until next season to see improvements in a player, they want to see them as soon as possible. Randal Grichuk isn’t like Stanton, he isn’t like Trout, he isn’t like any of the big names we’ve come to know in baseball. He is himself. If you want a guy like Stanton at the plate, or Trout in the outfield, then root for Stanton or Trout. But if you are going to root for a player like Randal Grichuk, you have to root for Randal as he is. You can’t expect him to be a player like somebody else because he is his own person.
Through the good and the bad days, if you’re going to be a fan of Randal Grichuk, you need to support him though it all. I see so many people expecting this and that out of him, unable to realize that those expectations belong to players they’ve come to know do those things. I.E, Stanton, Trout. You can’t just wave the foam finger when Randal hits a home run, only to get mad when he goes through a tough time at the plate. Look, I get it. I get frustrated at him too. It’s human emotion to be in the moment and feel upset when a player isn’t doing what you’d thought they would. But that frustration shouldn’t get in the way of being a fan at the end of the day.
We should understand that every player is going to have his own style, that even the best have a bad day. But we should support our players for who they are, not who we expect them to become in our perfect little worlds of baseball. Allow Randal to do his thing, blossom at the plate and in the outfield. It may take some time, but I promise you, it’s worth the wait. In the meantime, I’ll be sure to be there with opens arms at the end of the day. Giving him the support he needs, no matter what. After all, that’s what a player truly needs.
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