Look, whenever a GM goes online for a chat, he should be praised. It takes guts to put yourself on the chopping block and take criticism from a firing squad that has the benefit of time to plan attacks while all you can do is respond. That being said, it might be best if St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak avoids these chats in the future, since he spent much of his most recent session at STLtoday.com attacking his persecutors rather than defending his record of free agent acquisitions.
According to ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH sports columnist Bernie Miklasz, one exchange was particularly telling. An online chatter named I Hate Bill DeWitt!! fired this question at Mozeliak:
“Please describe what it’s like living in your little land of make believe where you honestly believe that Cardinal fans should be excited about this team. If you wouldn’t mind, go into details, about how in Mo’s world people are celebrating three horrible new lefty relievers, and the signing of our awesome new .213 hitting shortstop.”
So how did Mozeliak respond? With aggression, as you can see after the jump.
Rather than take the high road, Mozeliak took, well, let’s just call it the very low road.
“First, I rather live in my world then yours … it is sunny out today? No you’re right, it is 30 something degrees, my girl friend dumped me, and my car won’t start. First, it is not (that) we stink (unless you ask yourself these questions in the mirror). We make decisions based on scouts, stats, and other information. If we thought (shortstop Khalil) Greene was going to hit .213 we would not, I repeat, not make the deal. Go back to your world, and I hope by midsummer you’re ready to come out for air.”
Clearly, attacking the appearance and virility of an online chatter is not the safest way to go. But Mozeliak wasn’t the only one offering a controversial take on the chat, so was Miklasz himself, who actually defended — and tacitly supported — Mozeliak’s attack.
Here’s what Miklasz wrote about GM decorum online.
“I thought his response was hilarious and appropriate. It showed me that he was a human being and not some politically correct automaton. Besides, why should Mozeliak take gratuitous shots from someone hiding behind a fake Internet name?”
Hmmm, maybe Miklasz missed that whole incident with the GM of the Browns in December? You know, that GM doesn’t have a job anymore. Look, we’re not blaming Mozeliak or Miklasz; we have absolutely no doubt that we’d have an even harder time dealing with the criticism in Mozeliak’s shoes. Still, we don’t have that role. They do. And they have the dollars that come with it, which bring with them a tacit understanding that an official’s decorum will match the salary he earns.
Then again, hey, maybe we’re the ones overreacting here. What do people think? Like what Mozeliak said? Or should he play his cards a little closer to the vest?