Over the last few weeks, pitching coach Dave Eiland has been away from the Yankees due to personal matters. While most fans and members of the media have not said anything about this, there are a handful of fans that are starting to get antsy about Eiland’s whereabouts. Initially, it was just one lunatic on Twitter repeatedly asking about Eiland and insinuating that the team’s struggles could in part be attributed to his absence. I fully intended to ignore that malcontent in this space, but too many fans that I respect have asked me about it over the last few days for me to just let it slip any further. So I want to say this once, without equivocation:
The whereabouts of Dave Eiland are none of your business.
You have absolutely no right or reason as a fan to know what sort of personal issues Dave Eiland is dealing with right now. No good can come of an intrepid reporter digging up this information.The club has deemed his issue important enough to grant him leave from the club, and has already decided that they can get by without Eiland for a while. Mike Harkey was the pitching coach in Florida under Girardi, and the team apparently feels that he has enough experience to fill the role adequately while Eiland is away. Of course, I have my doubts about the importance of pitching coaches in general, but that is a discussion for another time.
There is this voyeuristic tendency on the part of fans that results in a wish to know about everything that goes on in relation to the team. But being a fan does not afford you, simply by dint of your rooting for the club, the right to know about the personal lives of the players and coaches. Some fans, thankfully few and far between, simply cannot handle that reality, and bemoan the fact that the team has not informed them about Eiland’s personal life. What purpose can revealing that information serve? All it will do is allow distant observers to pass judgment on how serious Eiland’s issues really are, when the team has already weighed in on the matter and allowed him to leave. That should be enough for us as fans. Let the man handle whatever he is dealing with in peace. It is none of our business.
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