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Media Blasts Sergio Again!

Photo of Sergio Garcia by Reed Jones.

Photo of Sergio Garcia by Reed Jones.

When it comes to sports, I am a fan of the player who shows emotion and isn’t afraid of what anyone thinks about him because of it. In the current state of sports, it seems like everyone is so afraid of making one person upset or even worse, losing sponsors, that they aren’t willing to say what is really on their mind.

This is particularly prevalent in golf, where half of the guys are like machines out getting birdies and acting like its no big deal. No fist pump…not even a smile? With the exception of Tiger, Phil, Sergio, Padraig  and Camillo, there are few guys in the sport who are even fun to watch anymore. That it why I get so irritated when the American media is constantly blasting Sergio Garcia for something that he has said. Now, don’t get me wrong, Garcia is far from perfect and even I will be the first one to say that the spitting in the cup incident was totally gross, but he is by far the realist person in the game.

The latest incident of controversy is  on Deadspin, where  the writer is basically blasting Garcia for saying that Augusta National is “too tricky” and the Garcia is “a big baby.” I think this riled me up even more because underneath the post, there was a link to The Legend of Cecilio Guante, who flat-out described Garcia as “a whiny bitch.” Yeah, because Sergio is the only one who ever complains in golf!?!?

Off the top of my head, I remember Ian Poulter complaining about the hole liners at the US Open in ’05 and even Darren Clarke, who is one of the most respected men in the game, complained about the Adare Manor Course during the Irish Open  last season. Tiger Woods also has not been immune from complaining every once in a while. For example, Woods has previously complained about cell phones at the Open Championship and the course set-up at Carnoustie for the Open Championship. So, Sergio definitely isn’t the only one who complains from time-to-time.

Garcia is an intense, exciting player whose rounds are often rollercoaster rides, but when he does well, he can be electrifying. During the Ryder Cup events, as well as, the Players Championship last season, Garcia was a breath of fresh air in a sport that seems to have robots as its players instead of humans. Garcia, however, is human and it showed when he lost the Open Championship to Padraig Harrington in a playoff. In the post-match press conference, Garcia spoke from the heart about how he was really feeling in that moment and yet, he was later attacked for being a whiner and a cry-baby. If you don’t want to see a player who is be real, open, and honest about losing what would have been his first major championship in a playoff, then don’t watch Sergio. You can go watch one of the three boring players who led for the entire Masters and made it a snooze-fest.

As far as the American media is concerned, there are two important storylines in golf.
1) Tiger is brilliant.

2) Sergio Sucks.

I’m sorry that he has single handedly defeated your Ryder Cup team on more than one occasion. I’m sorry that he let’s you know when he is happy or upset. I’m sorry that he is ranked 3rd in the world rankings, 5th in the Race to Dubai, and that he won the Vardon Trophy ahead of your beloved Phil Mickelson. I can hardly wait for Sergio to win his first major, so everyone will have to suck up their pride and realize that he is one of the best players on tour.

In the meantime, I want to say congrats to Angel Cabrera for winning his second major, since so many people are too busy talking about why Tiger lost and why Sergio complains to give him his due credit. Cabrera has quietly won two majors in the past two years. It wasn’t always pretty, but Cabrera was able to get the job done. With his victory, Cabrera has moved from 69th to 18th in the World Golf Rankings!

  1. M&M
    April 14, 2009 at 7:40 am

    The American media is always ready to attack the spanish speaking players! You NEVER see them do that to Tiger or Phil, its not all black and white here give the hispanics a break OK! Thank you.

    • sportsaholic89
      April 14, 2009 at 4:47 pm

      I don’t know if that is completely the case, but I do know that Sergio is criticized for every little thing he does. Nobody is perfect…not Tiger, not Phil, not anyone.

      Give the guy a break for once.

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