Today, October 18, 2013, an article on the local CBS Detroit website has the headline "Prince Fielder responding to boos, If they could do it, they would play." that headline is just part of a response by Fiedler to the assembled media and paints to be a not so nice guy. A guy playing with a sense of entitlement that gets paid a lot of money and is slumping with the Detroit Tigers 2013 season is on the line. However, what Prince actually said isn't as bad as CBS would have us believe.
I'm just trying to hit the ball hard. I can't worry about the crowd, you know? Because if they could do it, they would play. I'm just trying to hit the ball hard.
Fielder then goes on to say:
It's definitely not pleasant, but they're fans. That's what they do. They pay to come.
It’s that second line here that is important, because Prince is acknowledging the fact hat the fans have the right to boo. It might be Mike Illitch's name signed to his paycheck but the money comes from the fans. Why do you think beers cost so much at Comerica Park? Prince is essentially saying I get paid a lot of money; this is part of what I have to deal with. In fact he went so far as to say almost exactly that:
It’s part of the deal, my kids are taken care of, my family’s taken care of, but this is all part of it.
BS took the first line of the response and made it their headline. CBS Detroit has an agenda here to create controversy and drive traffic and listeners to their sports talk radio station. Let us not forget that the new sports radio channel in town has the broadcast rights for the Tigers post season games. It is irresponsible journalism to paint Prince as a villain.
In this era of internet journalism sometimes the media is far to quick to write a snarky headline to generate traffic than to tell the complete story. CBS needs to be more responsible before throwing someone under the bus, let us not forget Prince will play in this town for 7 more seasons.