I was reading replies to my previous post and about to thank them for making me reconsider my position (I hadn't read the entire article) when this very point dawned on me. I mean, Manny can have frequent mental lapses and just shrug it off with a shit-eating grin but "Youks being Youks" doesn't fly? Maybe it's time to just tune it out. Nomar fiddled with his batting glove, Schilling's more than happy to tell anyone exactly how he feels about any subject (not a fault, but certainly something that could get old to teammates after awhile), but Youks can't get pissed off?
I can certainly see how that could get old too, but it does seem odd to single him out.
You're missing the point. Its not about "Youks getting pissed off." Its about him pissing in everyone's corn flakes.
Think about it - the Sox have a pretty loose, fun team. People are always joking around having a good time. When they need to be serious, the leaders take over. When they want to have fun, the jokesters take over.
There is nothing wrong with Youkilis getting upset at himself when he strikes out. Or when he is rung up on what he considers a bad call. But when the Sox are winning 7-1, everyone in the dugout is in a pretty good mood. The team is going to win. They stuck together, as a team, through a huge brawl with a team they are battling for the division lead, and they are killing them. And Youkilis comes back to the dugout all pissed off.
Of a 7-1 game. When everyone else is happy.
Every individual should try to do their best, and we know Youkilis holds himself to very high standards. But shouldnt a 7-1 lead make everyone happy? His teammates dont need his negative emotions in the dugout when they are winning. So they talked to him about it, and he did nothing about it. Thats the problem.
Imagine someone in your office/workplace who was always negative, even when everyone else in the office was happy. How would you feel about that person?