So I'm watching Baseball Tonight and they do a segment on what's wrong with the Indians. They mention that Paul Byrd and Bob Wickman tussled in the clubhouse and then they bring in Joe Morgan for his two cents.
He says the Indians are a young team that expected to compete and now they need some players to step up and take a leadership role. He then says the Byrd/Wickman dustup is a reflection of a young team that can't handle the tension. He mentions guys like Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore by name and outright states that veteran leadership is sorely lacking.
After Joe says his peace, the studio crew parrots what he said.
It was probably the most useless, off-point "analysis" of a baseball team I've ever seen. The Indians young hitters are what's keeping the team afloat. The Tribe is third in the AL in scoring (second in runs per game). Meanwhile they've got a 4.96 team ERA largely thanks to veteran pitchers like Byrd and Jason Johnson being unqualified duds. Byrd and Wickman are two of the oldest players on the rosters. Sizemore and Hafner are having All-Star seasons, possibly MVP seasons if the team were in contention (Victor Martinez too). What the Indians need is most of the pitching to have an ERA below 5.00 instead of the current situation where 4/5 of the rotation and half the bullpen is above it.
Veteran leadership ... it's like these guys have all simultaneously gone Rain Man.