I represented what he said pretty dang well. It's a quick paraphrase, I didn't make people read into it or freak out without context. I presented it as out of context.
the question asked had to do with the team getting a slow start the past couple years and if it's an emphasis and something that it's been preached a lot, but then the reporter does something dumb and asked if it was putting too much pressure on them to win the first game and rivera says exactly...but he was saying exactly to the first part of the question which is it had been stressed.
here are rivera's exact words and you tell me if you represented them well.
exactly. we to stalked about starting strong. we talked about we finished strong last year, we want to pick up where we left off. we want to start strong and we're going to start physical playing hard. ummm...i agree and i agree with your sentiments about it the thing that people don't realize is that this is a 16 game marathon. you want to win them all. you want to win your first one, but truthfully you want to win the one you're about to play because that's the most important one. that's our approach. we're going to focus in on one game at a time and when that game is over you want to move on to the next one and i've talked about that to these guys and i think that's probably the most important thing that we focus in on this first game.
and your version...
-He wants to start strong, play physical, but not put too much pressure on winning the opener because it's a long season. Focus on a game at a time.
and it's that underlined and bolded part that you misrepresented that has caused the uproar. you did a good job with the rest of it, but i think you pulled a joe person with rivera's comments because he absolutely stated that the game you are about to play is the most important one and not that he wanted to put too much pressure on them. that was the angle the reporter was fishing for, but that's not what rivera said. rivera didn't say anything about not wanting to put too much pressure on them. he said he wants to win the first one, but each game is the most important game.