Normally what goes on off the field is not news in the world of sports journalism.
The unwritten word in sports is we write and critique what happens on the field. That is fair game and athletes understand that. They do not like it when we write about their personal life.
The possible Prince Fielder divorce from his wife Chanel is fair game. Larry Brown Sports reported that Fielder filed for divorce in Orange County, Fla. Why does that matter to us?
It might explain why Fielder’s hitting has gone sour. It might explain why he is sometimes unfocused at the plate. In other words it might be affecting what he is doing between the lines. That is why it will be talked about and written about.
Of course Torii Hunter opened the can of worms when he said something was affecting Fielder during a radio interview. That opened up the investigation and got the ball rolling on this. Hunter said he was trying to defend a teammate from criticism. But I am not sure how happy I would be with Hunter if I were Fielder.
He opened up the curtains of his private life for the rest of us to peak in.
Maybe I am in the stone ages on all of this. The TMZ mentality has hit the sports world and it seems like everything is fair game, even if it doesn’t affect the bottom line on the field.
Fielder getting a divorce? Do you care?