Here’s the full story, in case you haven’t seen it yet. The sample I posted last night obviously sparked discussion, and I’m sure that’s what Manuel intended. He does this sort of thing occasionally—cites a vague problem without naming names or even the specific issue. His intent seems to be to send a you-know-who-you-are message to players.
Problem is, that it sort of act makes everyone guilty by implication. Let’s say he wasn’t referring to Hamels or Rollins, for example. By not ruling them out, he left room for speculation about those guys. You all are perfectly right to speculate; Manuel’s comments practically beg you to. But it doesn’t seem fair to the hardworking players to have their names dragged in if undeserved. If people are indeed slacking, Manuel should name them to absolve those you aren’t. But that’s just IMHO. His understanding of how to motivate men is deeper than mine, granted.
I won’t claim to know who he had in mind, but I can tell you that he has explicitly complimented Howard, Rollins, Utley, Hamels and Myers lately for various work ethic-related actions. But just because he hasn’t said anything positive about, say, Pedro Feliz, doesn’t mean that Feliz is part of the presumed problem. See what I mean?
Congratulations to Shane Victorino for winning the 2009 Lou Gehrig Award for his work raising money for ALS. He will be presented with the award before a home game July 4 by the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity (that’s Gehrig’s old frat at Columbia), who will then lead a sing-along of “Louie, Louie” and throw a keg through the window.
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