A weird thing happened to Daniel Norris, a lefty starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, this morning (Sep. 30, 2015). He had an interview with a sports radio show. How is that weird? Well, it had practically nothing to do with sports. Never mind the fact that he had just pitched the day prior and had a rather controversial outing where he was left out to pitch 54 first inning pitches despite still being in the process of working back from injury. Never mind the fact that he was even recently on the DL at all. Heck, never mind anything sports related.
What did the interviewers want to get the scoop about? Daniel Norris living in a van. Everything from how long he lives in the van during a particular year, to what the van’s name is, was asked. Daniel Norris didn’t seem to have a problem with the line of questioning that had nothing to do with sports, besides the fact that he mainly lives in said van during spring training, but many of the listeners seemed to be peeved with how things transpired.
It’s undeniable that it’s an interesting story, if only because it’s so unconventional. However, is that enough reason, or really the only reason, to interview someone on what’s supposed to be a show about sports? At what point does it just become a ridiculous fiasco, or better yet, a simple waste of a player’s media time? How left field, no pun intended, is too left field? What if Daniel Norris hadn’t been okay with the line of questions? It would have been hard to blame him if he had just stopped the interview or said something inappropriate. Yet, if he had done that, then he’d just be fueling the media machine by giving it even more to talk about, and very little of that would have had to do with sports either.
And that’s probably the biggest issue. Why is it that professional athletes must maintain their professionalism even during the most trying of times or be unfairly labeled, but media professionals aren’t held to the same standards? Is it simply because they make more money than many will ever see?
Whatever the case, it’s nice to see that at least some people were willing to vent their frustration at what is all too often overlooked.