From today's Enquirer:
"Let Scott Hatteberg explain. Hatteberg has been on playoff teams. He's 36. No one in the home clubhouse is a bigger student of the game. "This is pure assumption, because I haven't been here,'' Hatteberg said. "But there have been times in the past this team was in dead last place and not needed to show up sometimes. That's a bad thing to get into.
"I'm not saying we're doing that, but there have been games when we have. If you have half the guys there (mentally), it's not good enough.''
Thanks to Pittsburgh, the Reds haven't been in the cellar lately. But Hatteberg's point is well taken. It has been since 1999 that this team has been relevant in September. "Everybody's physically and mentally drained. It becomes who's-got-the-inner makeup of showing up and making yourself focus on each pitch. An intestinal fortitude type of check,'' Hatteberg said."