Gary Shelton of the St. Pete Times took some of the fans criticisms of Joe Maddon to Maddon and JoeMa didn’t take it well (emphasis is ours)…
“Honestly? I think it’s kind of funny,” Maddon says of the criticism. “I really do think it’s humorous. Frankly, these people don’t know what they’re talking about. I would never go into a person’s place of business where I’ve never been and feel comfortable in telling them how to do their jobs. Most of the critics, even the average fans, have no idea what it’s like to work a major-league clubhouse. It’s not at all what they think it is.
Yes folks, you read that correctly, Joe Maddon believes he is above your criticisms. And he even played the “I don’t tell you how to do your job” card. Basically, JoeMa is saying that if you have never managed a big league club, then you should just shut the hell up.
So by Maddon’s criteria, no sportswriter in the country is allowed to analyze the job he does. And if we take it a step further, Maddon’s criteria should apply to any job. That means there are only four people in the world that have the right to question how the President of the U.S. does his job.
We are no chef, but if we order a dish and it comes out cold, we think we are in the right to tell the chef that he should have cooked the dish a little longer. That doesn’t mean we think we can do the job better. It just means we know a mistake when we see one.
We have been critical of Maddon from time-to-time. It is not about telling Maddon how to do his job and it is not about thinking we can do the job better. In fact, we think Maddon is a damn good manager. But he is not infallible. He has made mistakes… *cough*batting Kapler third *cough*…And as fans, we have the right to second-guess his decisions. And after we do, we still love him. Well, most of us do.