Waiting for Zach Parise and what it all means
Zach Parise was trending worldwide on Twitter as the afternoon came to a close, mostly because the Twitterverse was convinced he’d announce his future team. All Parise did was send word to reporters that he would make announcement in five minutes. It took 30 minutes for the 27-year-old to tell the media he wouldn’t make a decision.
It took half an hour for the forward to say he wasn’t going to make a decision at all.During the drama New Jersey’s mascot tweeted something along the lines of asking if New Jersey’s team would want someone who can’t make up his mind. The tweet has been removed and unfortunately I was unable to grab a screen shot of it.
There’s something to learn from the tweet that no longer exists. Clearly there’s something persuading Parise away from the Devils, whether it be money, atmosphere, friends or financial stability. There’s enough there to keep Parise from deciding as rumors continued to fly around Twitter as to which teams are still in the running and which are done.
It’s doubtful — granted this is speculation — that players won’t welcome Parise back to New Jersey just because he couldn’t make up his mind in two days. But that may not hold true for fans.
Of course the fans of whichever team would be happy to have him, but seemingly most people on Twitter were becoming frustrated with Parise. It’s not LeBron James‘ “The Decision” by any means but the concept is the same. Devils fans, who’ve watched Parise tally 410 points over seven years in red and black, are still waiting for Parise to re-sign, and with some other suitors — like the Penguins — in the running, waiting isn’t easy.
Especially when your captain claims he’ll make an announcement in five minutes and everyone assumes it’s going to be his decision but all he does is say he’s still deciding.
It isn’t that fans don’t want Parise, but the more time he takes to decide the more he might convince fans that he’s leaving. If they believe he’s leaving, they won’t like him stalling — isn’t it better to just get the bad news over with, like ripping a Band-Aid off quickly?