A recent fan post about Zach Davies’ divorce made me realize that, either through their on-field persona, how they look or something they said once, I make broad generalizations about most Brewers players.
Here are some assumptions I have made about the Brewers. Most of these are probably not true but they work in my mind:
Hunter Renfroe: He owns a really nice pick up truck and cruises country music clubs picking up women. Also, he will be the one to bail you out of jail if you need it.
Lorenzo Cain: Consummate family man, spends as much of his off time with his kids as he can. Would do anything for a friend except bail you out of jail.
Christian Yelich: Aloof. But probably reads everything said about him and cares more than he lets on. Only sleeps with physically perfect women.
Willie Adames: Joker. Likes to be the center of attention. Can be a good leader if you are on his good side but can be a bit of a bully.
Brandon Woodruff: Pure Texas… but maybe a bit more urban Texas. Has the pickup, but has never actually hauled anything in the back other than some fishing equipment and maybe some mulch.
Corbin Burnes: Vain. (Maybe it is the constant playing with his hair that makes me think this.)
Josh Hader: Former country hick that still doesn’t feel comfortable in most indoor social settings.
Kolton Wong: Takes good care of his aging relatives.
Luis Urias: Just now feeling like he actually deserves to be a professional baseball player but still struggles with a little imposter syndrome especially in his dreams.
In general, these perspectives are based on a few interviews, what they look like and little factoids that have come out about each player. In thinking about this, it makes me recognize the human nature of making assumptions when you meet someone. I didn’t even go into any assumptions based on ethnicity or race. But if you ask me who can salsa dance on this team I would more likely say Freddy Peralta than Andrew McCutchen – and I could be totally wrong.
This is also at the heart of fandom. A fanatic of a baseball team thinks of the "other" players as part of his crew, his peeps. Fans talk about "my" team or when "we" get to the playoffs. The assigning personalities to players creates the sense of intimacy that is an important part of being a fan. It is as much fantasy as it is reality but plays into the personal connection with the team and no one gets hurt.
But don't be surprised when your assumptions are shattered. Because they probably weren't true anyways.
What are your assumptions about players? Why?