SARASOTA, FLA. — New Orioles outfielder Travis Snider wasn't around for FanFest because he's a huge Seattle Seahawks fan and he attended the Super Bowl that weekend. So, he probably figured he was going to get a question about "The Play" in his first interview session with the Baltimore media covering spring training.
If you were in a cave three weeks ago and missed it. The Seahawks lost because Pete Carroll called a pass play at the goal line instead of giving the ball to running back Marshawn Lynch, sparking days of national second-guessing.
"My view of the play is, I believe in that team and I believe in the coaching staff,'' Snider said. "It's tough to sit back here and try to dictate what should or should not have happened. I understand that those guys trained a lot longer and a lot harder than any of us sitting back trying to tell them what to do.
"So, for me as an athlete, it gives me that perspective, but it's frustrating when you're that close, but I couldn't imagine how frustrating it is for those guys who put the work in. I try to keep that respect with everything and hope that it's just fuel for the fire for next year."
Snider had a Super Bowl bet with new teammate and big Patriots fan Ryan Flaherty. He said he'll be taking Flash out for a nice dinner during the regular season. Flaherty was gracious in victory, but obviously he had a different view about "The Play."
"I was happy they passed it," Flaherty said. "You can sit there and say they should have run, but who knows, he could have fumbled. But, I mean, I think the percentage was in running the ball, but hindsight is 20-20."
Though Snider admitted the outcome was painful, he said that he got over it pretty quickly.
"It was tough,'' Snider said. "Flying home that Tuesday, some sadness, but I think I tweeted that night 'It's baseball season so we're lucky that our job starts now and we can start focusing on winning games and getting back in the playoffs."
Somebody asked Flaherty if he would have felt a bit "deflated" if the Patriots had not held on to win.