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MJH on accountability
"Josh! You're AMAZING!!! You can hit ANYTHING! You're one of the few guys who doesn't have to bring the ball into the strike zone to be successful!"
"Michael! We need more power out of your slot" (#5) "in the lineup! You can do it! You've hit home runs all since you've been in the Big Leagues!"
"Ian! You are a 30/30 guy! At leadoff!!! What a stud are you!?!"
You know... all it takes is a little nudge from somone these guys respect to get them to try to do things they aren't suited to be doing. If their manager asks them to do more than "the game asks them to do", they just might well give it a go.
It would also explain why Josh made a statement like, "When I'm swinging at pitches out of the zone, it's no big deal." If his ego is massaged in such a way by his manager as to make him believe he really is that great, then Josh has some real problems on his hands.
And, we can see that Josh was clearly wrong about his approach.
This is particularly effected when you approach a man child like Hamilton who has just cruised to one of the greatest first two months any hitter has ever experienced. Josh WAS doing things with pitches that other mortal men wouldn't even bother dreaming about.
If Michael Young was trying to hit for more power, he would start trying to pull the ball more. His hitting style just is not suited for that.
If Ian Kinsler tried to hit for more power with his extreme upper cut, the increased bat speed would get him to the ball too quickly. The required adjustment likely would cause him to... yeah... strike the bottom of the ball.
I know, for my part, when I overswing, I'm more like Michael Young - I top the ball into that ungrateful double play.
But, we NEED Josh and Michael and Ian... we NEED them to be as successful as they always have been.
At the end of May, even with Michael and Ian struggling and Beltre not yet being untracked, the Rangers were 31-21 ... 4½ games ahead of the Angels who had Albert Pujols only just beginning to Pujols his head out of his Albert.
The White Sox and Rays had the next best records in the AL at 30-22 - a game back of the record posted by Texas.
And, Adrian was starting to get hot. Elvis was on a tear (except with his bunting). Murphy, at Kinsler's suggestion, moved two inches closer to the plate so he could reach that outside pitch for which those brainless umpires kept ringing him up and he was beginning his case for a full-time outfield job.
Any day, Mitch and Napoli and Nellie were going to get hot. The "most talented team in baseball" was making ready to run away - not with their division - with the Americal League - with all of baseball. The 1929 Yankees would eventually be measured against THEM.
But, Ian isn't coming around... he's still trying to jack everything... he is beginning to make Hank Blalock look like a quality hitter. Michael Young, the Face of the Franchise, is doing the same thing. But, they'll eventually come around.
What if the failure of this lineup was due to the manager mistakingly asking his guys to do more than the game asked? What if Wash got greedy and decided to just bash the competition into oblivion?
How else do you explain his sticking with these guys, embarrassing them to their fans, their press, their networks and their families... even themselves. Their results were not there and they were not going to be there... yet, Wash continued to march them out there game after game after game after game... Embarrassing.
I've said before that a real manager would let Josh know his results in early June were starting to wane... warn him to be a little careful with his pitch selection. Then, when he continued to struggle... when his struggles got so bad that even an icon like Nolan Ryan would call him out... a real manager would instruct the star to figure it out or take some days off. If it continued, a real manager would, as I've stated, "slap his happy ass on the DL until he figured out what his struggles were doing to his team."
I've already bashed Wash for not sitting Elvis and Ian down before the season ever started to assure them their places were secure. So, I won't go over that again.
Wash is such a proponent of playing within what the game gives you. Yet, there was a season-long confusion on what was expected on the basepaths. Ian got picked off so many times, it was assumed a single was as good as an out. Elvis had far less success stealing bases than he had even his rookie year. It's as if they were trying so hard to outshine their previous successes that they strayed beyond what was prudent and into brazen chance-taking.
Wash got so predictable with his handling of bunting situations that other teams were on top of Elvis before Elvis could get out of the on-deck circle.
Still, even with less than two weeks left in the season, this dysfunctional squad still had the best record in the American League and the third best in baseball.
But, what if this were something more sinister?
I know Wash is hawking that "payday loan" enterprise. You ever get one of those loans? You pay a pretty hefty fee just to get the loan then, within a month, you have to pay back the whole thing. If you have money coming in and can do that, it could be a good thing.
However, if you were just trying to GET to the next payday, you may not have the money to pay back the entire loan. In that case, you just pay between a 10th and a third of the amount borrowed and you can extend it a month. It's ok... they have your car title as assurance you'll be back. Often, this goes on for months before the poor sap who is stuck in that hellish loop can't continue budgeting for that extra fee every month and loses his/her car.
Now, don't get me wrong... we like Ace Cash Express for their providing a window to pay certain bills when we have to get them in before we get cut off. Doesn't happen often, but, in the last 7 years, we've used their services three or four times.
But, their loans? I'd rather feed my hand directly to a live shark.
What circles does Ron Washington move about? We already know he got busted for cocaine a couple of years ago. We also know that Michael Young rallied the troops in Wash's favor. That could be the explanation for Wash sticking with TFotF until that ship absolutely sank last year.
What if there was some other influence? What if someone NEEDED the Rangers to come back to the pack because they had a stake in someone else winning the American League?
What if bringing in a Roy Oswalt or a Ryan Dempster in the middle of a season could cause this stake to be at risk?
What WERE Ryan and Roy instructed to do by their manager?
I don't know for sure if Ron was under anyone else's influence. I KNOW he refused to be influenced by his GM.
But, it makes me wonder what other bank accounts he has that, maybe, no one knows about. It could sure explain a lot.
Or, maybe he's just an idiot.
Wait, so you're proposing the conspiracy theory that Wash was being paid off to throw the season?
Well, I guess anything's possible.
Actually? My guess is he's just incompetent.
But, the conspiracy thing also gives answer those same questions...
Dang... and here I thought he was Italian...
Sorry, I tried to read that but the tshirt girl was too distracting. Was this another Josh rant? If so, meh.
@ David This was BRILLIANT! Thanks for the most entertaining 15 minutes of my day. You should write this into a suspense novel - where, maybe, Kinsler (smartest guy on the team, IMO) finally becomes suspicious of the poor direction he and his teammates have been receiving and figures out the whole, devious plot. The evil genius behind it all, the man who bought a controlling interest in Ace Cash Express only to gain power over Wash, turns out to be TOM HICKS!
Speaking of incompetence, have you guys noticed the off season additions.....or lack there of..
Suspense Novel? Yeah....
Then, a MOVIE! Tom Cruise could play Josh Hamilton (Tom Cruise can kick ANYone's butt), but, he'd have to learn to hit and throw lefty and he'd have to grow a foot... maybe they could use that LoTR Hobbit technique in reverse?
If that'd work, we could get Chuck Norris to play Michael Young and Arnold Swartzenneger to play Derek Holland!
Of course, we'd have to change the names to protect the idiots... and, the clueless...
Racist? Wash is stupid because he's BLACK???
No way... I know WAY too many great guys that are as black or blacker than Wash and they're brilliant.
Wash do what Wash do because only Wash know why Wash do what Wash do.
If ur not a racist[which u r] then ur a fucki idiot.
Again... if I don't like someone and that someone happens to be black (or hispanic or oriental or aborininal American), then, I'm a racist.
And, you're calling me an idiot? That's not me, dude, that's the mirror you're looking in.
... I've reread his posts a few times and not once did i interpret david as racist. I did read however if ur not racist ur an idiot. That arguement does not make a lot of sense to me
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