My glasses are indeed rose colored…
Back at work on Friday morning and figured I’d address the concern that I only see the team through rose-colored glasses. That is, in fact, correct and I’m not ashamed to say so. This blog has never purported to be anything but supportive of the team and it’s safe to say that you will not see me criticizing Grady, Ned, Frank or anyone else on it. That’s not actually what this is intended to do. For the most part, my job and the goal of this blog is to explain why the people in this organization makes the decisions we make on a daily or even hourly basis.
In this instance, it was pretty obvious that when Grady went out to the mound to talk to Derek yesterday, the issue of walking Willingham was brought up and Derek chose to pitch to him for a number of reasons. While a wild pitch would have still brought in the run, his main point was that if the bases are loaded, you have to be perfect and throw a strike for fear of walking the guy. If you have first base open, you can make the pitches you want to make and obviously, he didn’t make the one he wanted to make. Enough said.
Additionally, I don’t believe there’s anyone here that doesn’t think we need to improve the offense – from me to Grady to Ned to the actual players themselves. We just all have different ways we think that can be done. Some of you believe that it involves bringing up younger players to take the place of veterans and others think it’s tinkering with the lineup or changing the approach to hitting. Those are all valid options. But at the end of the day, Grady, Ned and the rest of the baseball operations staff get to make those decisions and their track records have shown that they have been successful far more often than not.
As for yesterday’s story about Nomar, I was certainly not trying to sugarcoat anything – I just saw something really cool in the clubhouse and didn’t feel like logging on at home after a six-hour flight so I put it up before we left Miami.
In any event, we continue to welcome all comments, positive and negative on the blog. I’m not nearly as concerned about the negative posts as some of the other readers seem to be, though I will gladly admit that I’m always going to look at the positive side of things or try to explain why we do the things we do – particularly when the team is in first place by a game and a half.