Originally Posted by George Anderson
It seems simplistic but I agree that the players of late in this organization just don't seem to have winning attitudes.
In 1990 I felt by acquiring guys with playoff experience in Mariano Duncan, Bill Doran, Billy Hatcher, Rick Mahler and with Griffey Sr. already on board they just knew what it took to get a team to win and get in to the playoffs. Throw in Lou Pinella who while hadn't won anything yet as a manager just seemed to add to the chemistry that produced a winning attitude.
I haven't seen a real winning attitude like this since the Greg Vaughn days.
There very well may be "winning attitude" guys who make a difference in MLB. Problem is that we as fans have VERY little idea who those guys are. We think we can put a finger on things by watching what they do on the field. We think that because Dunn look lackadaisical or because BP looks fiery that this is what translates to their leadership skills, but nothing is further from the truth.
Half the time I feel like my personality isn't accurately reflected by my image on the screen when I'm Skyping with family; I can't imagine how mortified I'd be watching what I looked like playing baseball every day! Personal issues aside, what I'm trying to say is that we CAN'T tell who these people are from how they carry themselves... and we sure as heck can't tell how they are affecting each other just by whether they pat each other on the backs or glare at each other in the dugout in a TV closeup.
I heard that Greg Vaughn was an "intimidator" and a "winner" in 1999 and that is why the team won. Baloney! I think that's much less likely than the fact that he hit a boatload of HR down the stretch--and that the team had a darn good pitching staff and a good defense to back it up. We have to stop thinking we can judge personalities just based on the small sample size of images and impressions we get as fans.