Ruben Amaro angered a bunch of hungover and probably sunburnt people this morning, who were really not in the mood, when they found out he said all the fans do is “bitch” and they “don’t understand the game.” But he wanted to clarify those statements on WIP this morning to Howard Eskin — ugh — just to say #NotAllFans.
“I didn’t say they don’t understand,” Amaro said. [His exact quote from earlier: “They don’t understand the game. They don’t understand the process.”] “Some fans don’t understand. It’s not all Philadelphia fans.” Ruben then back pedaled so hard he was tumbling on the ground just tossing out “some” and “not all” and “those fans” until he stopped spinning:
“That was not the purpose of it. It is some fans who think that bringing [Zach] Eflin and [Aaron] Nola, for instance, to the Major Leagues at this time is the right thing for the organization. It’s those fans that really quite, don’t know—or bringing young minor league players to the Major Leagues before it’s time for them to really be ready to reap the benefits of being in the Major League. It’s those fans that really don’t understand.
When I said that, it’s more about the fan that really doesn’t understand the process—and it’s not all fans. There are just some who feel like, ‘Let’s just bring this guy because he’s a young player and it’s OK, we just wanna see him.’ That’s not how the process works. And you know, when I said the fan, that’s not all the fans. I know that there’s a lot of knowledgeable fans. There are those loud, minority of fans that believe that we should be doing x, y, or z and we have to do our work based on what’s important and what we feel is right for the organization as a whole …
I think it’s important for the fans to understand that what we’re doing is ultimately for the fan. When we develop those guys properly, we should be in position to be able to entertain the fans the way we want to on a perennial basis. We can’t make decisions based on what the fan wants from us. It’s ultimately about putting our organization is position to get us to the point, where we can entertain the fans in the best way we can.”
Fan count? Seventeen. “Those” fans? Three. “Some” and “not all”? Six. So you see, it’s okay. Ruben didn’t mean all the fans just bitch and complain. It’s only the ones who don’t understand Ruben’s plan and process. And since this is the first we’ve heard of Ruben actually having a plan or a process, it’s all fans. Better?