I've spent entirely too much time today defending Mike Piazza and Adam Dunn on the Flushing University message boards (enjoy the insanity here and here). After re-directing countless shallow arguments which seem to revolve almost entirely around the over-reliance on RBIs as a measure of offensive production, I found myself defending Piazza's reluctance to move to first base toward the end of his Mets' career. I may decide to cobble together an entire post on this topic from the arguments I made today, but this final thought put so much into perspective for me.
To this day Derek Jeter refuses to move away from shortstop - a position he can no longer play effectively - even though he is an obvious detriment to his team defensively. Yankees fans and the mainstream media still worship him.
Mike Piazza refused to move to first base - a position he knew he couldn't play effectively - because he would've been an obvious detriment to his team defensively. Some Mets fans chastise him for it.
I don't know which group is more oblivious to reality.