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Awesome Interview; Berg/Murphy

Highlight of the interview: Berg: There’s a sense about you among Mets fans about your businesslike approach to the game - it’s almost a cliche at this point... Do you think there’s something about you that makes people think that way... Murphy:...The business approach? I don’t know. Do you take your job seriously? Berg: Vaguely. Probably not like you do. Murphy: I’d say you do, just more people watch me. I mean, I have fun. You know, Delgado makes that play [Wednesday] and everybody’s cheering him, I’m laughing out in left field because I know what it’s like. I’m working hard and I feel like I’m getting a lot more comfortable, and I take the game seriously because it’s my form of work, but I’m going to have fun. Fans aren’t able to hang out with me outside the stadium… Berg shouldn't have put the "almost" in "almost a cliche" in regards to fans calling Murphy business-like, but I really liked Murphy's response. I used to think that Murphy understood what the media and fans wanted a Ballplayer (tm) to act like and was kind of living up the persona he knew they wanted. But we've seen him smile during games plenty of times now and with this interview my mind has changed. Murphy isn't some dick like Eckstein who sprints to first on a walk (the media loves that shit) or Torino who dishonorably throws elbows; he's a hardworker (as most major leaguers are) who the media and fans lazyily and clichedly (it's a word) labeled while overlooking other players who work hard in their own ways.

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