Cervelli denies re­port, hopes to catch again

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - CUBS - By Paul Sullivan

Pi­rates man­ager Clint Hur­dle was tak­ing pho­tos of Wrigley Field on Satur­day morn­ing, but don’t ex­pect to see them on Twit­ter, Facebook or In­sta­gram.

Hur­dle is not a big fan of so­cial me­dia, as he explained be­fore the game against the Cubs.

“The more time I spend on so­cial me­dia means the less time I am so­cial with the peo­ple I re­ally do love and care about and the things I re­ally want to en­joy in life,” he said.

The sub­ject was broached when Pi­rates catcher Fran­cisco Cervelli wrote on his In­sta­gram ac­count Fri­day that a re­port on a Pitts­burgh web­site quot­ing him say­ing he was done with catch­ing was er­ro­neous.

“Say­ing that I quit from my catcher re­spon­si­bil­i­ties is in­ac­cu­rate,” Cervelli wrote. “My hope is to catch again.”

Cervelli, 33, has been out since late May with a con­cus­sion and has suf­fered at least six over his ma­jor-league ca­reer, which be­gan with the Yan­kees in 2008.

Cervelli told reporters Satur­day that he wants to “feel nor­mal as a hu­man be­ing” again but de­nied say­ing he doesn’t want to catch again.

“That was a mis­un­der­stand­ing,” he said. “I never said it. It never came from my mouth. … I want to play, and I’m open to catch.”

Cervelli said he did not be­lieve he was be­ing in­ter­viewed by the web­site DK Pitts­burgh Sports.

“If you want to do an interview, you bet­ter pull out a cell phone (to record it),” he said. “Be­cause I be­lieve if you’re (go­ing to) do some­thing for more than one minute, you don’t have a com­puter in your head. You’re not go­ing to put the right words. I didn’t know it was an interview. I’m not mad, man. Ev­ery­one has a dif­fer­ent way to ap­proach (the job).”

The re­porter, De­jan Ko­vace­vic, stood by his re­port.

Hur­dle con­firmed Cervelli never has said he doesn’t want to catch again and went into a lengthy crit­i­cism of the me­dia. Hur­dle be­lieves the me­dia is dif­fer­ent than when he played, say­ing “your in­ter­ac­tion with the me­dia has changed dra­mat­i­cally to the re­la­tion­ships” built be­tween play­ers and reporters to­day.

“It’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent land­scape,” he said. “There seems to me more ur­gency in get­ting some­thing out rather than be­ing ac­cu­rate to­day, to get it out first.

“I was brought up if you have an en­counter where you don’t feel you’re rep­re­sented well … that you went to that person per­son­ally and looked them in the eye and asked them. ‘Here’s what we talked about. Here’s what I said. It was brought to my at­ten­tion, or I read (it) dif­fer­ently. Is there an agenda be­hind this? Is there some­thing else be­hind this? Be­cause that is not the con­ver­sa­tion that we had.’

“And that did happen on oc­ca­sion.”

Hur­dle said he didn’t know about the In­sta­gram-fu­eled con­tro­versy un­til Satur­day be­cause he doesn’t fol­low his play­ers on so­cial me­dia.

“I don’t creep peo­ple,” he said.

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