Re: Cafardo:"lack of professionalism was startling."
posted at 10/11/2011 3:54 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Cafardo:"lack of professionalism was startling."
[QUOTE]This goes directly to what I have always speculated was the biggest clubhouse problem, JD Drew. Going into this year the guy had collected 56 million dollars from this team and it was clear by May that he had very little interest in being on the field. A series of vague injuries and he basically collects 14 million for being on the DL. Other guys clearly take notice of this. Drew is a top paid guy and a veteran player, for him to coast like he has for 2 years now is horrible for the culture of that clubhouse.
Posted by Thesemenarecowards[/QUOTE]
I completely agree with the J.D. Drew comments! His COMPLETE LACK OF RESPECT FOR HIS TEAM & MOREOVER THE SPORT, will be the epitaph on his RS burial headstone.
As happy as I was with the way Beckett came to pitch for most of this year, I fear that he was another who simply gave up & went with the malcontents???
The complete lack of focus & dedication seemed evident from the outset of this season. As far back as Spring Training! Many, especially the starting pitchers, seemed completely unprepared? I AM PROFOUNDLY CURIOUS AS TO WHY!!!!! The complete collapse of this much vaunted pitching staff IS CRYSTAL CLEAR, & has been harped on ad nosium! WE NEED TO FIND OUT WHY THIS HAPPENED?????
WHY THE LACK OF PREPARATION???? Did Tito & HIS pitching coaches try to get this under control???
No doubt there were a number of position players who lacked focus also. Theirs however seemed to be born more out of benign neglect, as opposed to the conscious "s c r e w it" attitude I think existed with the pitchers???? The position players seemed to fall asleep on an inning by inning basis! Running the base paths was a black comedy of errors! It seemed to be every inning of every game, where a different runner would make a bone headed decision. It also seemed to be contagious! Some guys were obviously trying to do too much, but others really didn't seem to care???
Perhaps the specific PLAYERS who were at the core of this apathy is less important than why it clearly developed????? There is NO DOUBT that Tito lost control! Why doesn't really matter? OR does it! what culture developed where apathy became so endemic to the entire club? Were some indigenous RS players, who had come up through the farm, bitter with the big money / zero production of a Crawford? Did some feel, "hey! We brought you the WS in 07, & you thank us by giving some FA bust the big $$$$???? Perhaps Craw felt this more than any other player???? WHO KNOWS?? Whatever the real story, Tito lost control, & the TEAM tanked! Love him, but he had to go! Something went terribly wrong with this team, & I think injuries were simply a by product of whatever went wrong in the clubhouse! Apathy------ lack of focus-------- lack of serious training & preparation------- injuries-------- a complete collapse of the entire pitching staff ----------- a lack of focus by everyone on the field --------- a complete & utter collapse of the entire TEAM!
Is "professionalism" a big part of that? YES! Was "professionalism" the ROOT of the PROBLEM????? Of course not!!!!!
The RS owners & FO must get to the ROOT of the PROBLEM! To focus on "professionalism" or a lack thereof, is to completely miss the REAL PROBLEM!