Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:18 AM
It seems like even a lot of us fans are still in Tito hangover, expecting the current manager to deploy the exact same tactics as the prior manager, which tactics may have run their course after a number of years. I personally have no clue if this is the "right" method to motivate, to openly criticize Youk (I am personally dubious of the "efficacy" of this move, to cite Sprowl, but that's based on my own style in my place of business, totally different from a baseball clubhouse with media vultures everywhere) but I don't see any reason to judge that it is a horrifying mistake, or will be ineffective, or isn't based on Valentine's reasonable observation of the team and his own player's performance and effort over 45 days. Maybe Valentine really hasn't seen enough out of Youk, hard turn at third yesterday notwithstanding, and doesn't have anything left to say in private. What would we say if Valentine had alluded to continuing and tacit injury problems (i.e. "Youk is still coming off his injury, a serious one") maybe we'd be much more accepting of the manager. But perhaps Youk won't cop to being hurt to his manager, maybe Youk over and over has told Valentine there's no pain left, that he is 100% healthy. We'd probably cut Valentine slack for injury attribution, but maybe Youk wouldn't, that might be even more offensive to him then being called out for not being emotional enough. These pro athletes are weird, the way I see it.
I guess at this point, after last year, why do many of us still want the manager to protect his players at all costs?