"Today was the byproduct of us thinking we can come back from anything." - Joey Votto after blowing a 10-1 lead and holding on for the 12-11 win on 8/25/2010.
Personally, though, I don't see why any of those are a big deal if they aren't impacting his actual performance (which is what they're paying for), and there's no evidence that tweeting, texting or media interviews are hurting Phillips' performance in any way.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner
I'm sure willing to bet that they thought it would be swell if he didn't make them look bad in any shape or form to the media either.
I have no idea what it does to his performance, but it can't help if his mind isn't on them game for those 3 hours.( I know their work days are longer, but doing that before a game is less of a deal.)
I would argue that they have a much bigger problem when their GM does absolutely nothing for 6 months to address the loss of their clean up hitter on day one.
But I also don't expect that level of self awareness or reflection from a GM who's in tight with the owner.
Hate to complicate things but when Price is having this discussion with Joey about his offensive approach, could he spend a minute discussing his defensive approach and his running the bases approach.
Last edited by Mutaman; 10-23-2013 at 10:10 PM.