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Re: I'm not sure how you managed to extrapolate fans wanting him to play first base to relieve stress on his knees to taking a "popularity hit"!?..
Because the question posed wasn't "should he play 1B" it was "should he have volunteered/not resisted the suggestion that he play 1B when it was first broached". The clear implication was that he put his personal desires above the greater good of the team in my eyes.
Additionally, the fact he has had more than one pitcher on his staff question is pitch calling lately, with a couple of them indicating he has become "stubborn" at times and it hurt the team.