Chip Hale apologizes for ripping media over hyping Opening Day
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale on Tuesday afternoon apologized for ripping the media after he believed the team’s Opening Day game — specifically how it featured the first start from Zack Greinke — was over-hyped.
“I apologize for that,” Hale said, via azcentral.com. “The hype was generated because we think we have a good team. You guys agree; you’re excited about the team, what the organization has done. So I do apologize for that. I didn’t mean to be harsh in any way.”
Hale sarcastically criticized the media after Greinke struggled, surrendering seven earned runs in only four innings, in Monday’s 10-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
“You guys built it up really good,” Hale said after Monday’s game. “You did a nice job of it. I said it before the game, you guys really hyped it up.”
Hale says he realized he may have taken things a bit too far when even he found out his own son was disappointed with him.
“He wasn’t very happy,” Hale said of his son’s attitude on Tuesday morning.
Hale indicated he was simply trying to protect his players from unnecessary pressure amid increased expectations.
“I was just stating a fact that even some players talked to me about – that you lose that first game with the team we believe we can be and it’s almost the sky-is-falling type of attitude that comes to them,” he said. “I didn’t want those guys to feel that. I didn’t mean to put it on you guys. We also think we’re a pretty good team, too. There was disappointment.”
Hale probably shouldn’t have been surprised that there was some semblance of a backlash — or at the very least, bad press — surrounding his castigating the media for paying extra attention to what in all intents and purposes was an incredibly important game given Greinke’s sizable price tag. Add that to the typical pomp and circumstance of Opening Day and it’s not a shock it was a highly anticipated game.
It is worth noting, too, that given Hale’s arguable misstep and some other high-profile incidents (here and here), major league managers are making more news than the players early on this season.