Tue Jul 5th, 2011, 11:27 AM
Has Bautista's All-Star Success Proved Bosh's US Exposure Claims to be false?
A constant anxiety among TO fans has been the perception that we're always flying under the radar. This past week, our city's current highest profile athlete not only was tops in All star votes, but also garnered the most votes EVER in the history of voting. That's pretty big (though the internet does have a hand in the volume of votes). Does his outcome make Bosh's previous comments seem even sillier or is it like comparing apples and oranges between the two sports?
Tue Jul 5th, 2011, 11:34 AM
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Tue Jul 5th, 2011, 11:36 AM
I understand what your saying and I agree about Bosh's comments being inaccurate. If he was a good enough player he would have been noticed here, and he when he played well he was noticed. People have said for most of his career that he is a top Pf in the game. It does not matter if he played for toronto or for Miami, he still is the same player. I think he thinks that he is better than people said he was, and blamed it on being in Toronto.
However, I do think that comparisons are between two differnt sports has to be considered. I do not watch baseball (I jsut heard about Bautista's success from a co-worker yesterday) so I cant say why the comparisons could be innacurrate, but I do believe that there are some differnces.
Tue Jul 5th, 2011, 11:39 AM
Tue Jul 5th, 2011, 11:41 AM
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Yes. The reality is Bosh was not a top tier NBA talent - a good one, yes, but top tier, no.
Carter was one of the most hyped NBA players in his Toronto days - he received plenty of US attention.
For the players saying you can't make it big in Toronto all it means is they aren't a good enough player to win as the centre piece or a marketable enough player to garner the attention they feel they deserve.
I agree with ceez and welcome Dalex.
Tue Jul 5th, 2011, 12:00 PM
If Bosh led the league in scoring like Bautista does with home runs, he would have gotten his due as well. Bosh overestimates his own marketability without realizing that the market/media isn't undervaluing or ignoring him, they're giving him the same amount of pub that is deserved of a player of his caliber. When Bosh was in Toronto, I'd say he got more pub than someone like David West, and those two are pretty much on par, I'd even say West is better.
Vince Carter led the league in All-Star votes by a distance while in Toronto, Roy Halladay was recognized every start on ESPN and so on. It's what you do, not where you play.
Tue Jul 5th, 2011, 12:04 PM
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Yeah. Bosh just wasn't good enough to carry the team. Perhaps its not fair to him, but hes the one saying the city can't get superstars. We haven't had one since Vince and that was relatively short lived.
Bautista on the other hand is a superstar. He's a threat to score literally every time he's on the plate. I was at the game on saturday when Halladay pitched (god i love that man and hope he wins a world series soon) and when he took one deep no one was surprised. We cheered but no one was surprised. Superstars do that. Bosh quit and joined up with 2 so he could win, it was apparently the only way he knew how.
Tue Jul 5th, 2011, 12:05 PM