I gotta give credit where credit is due. After the Reds devastating loss in Atlanta last week in which they blew a 9-3 lead in the 9th inning, I thought for sure the Reds would fold. Instead, they did the exact opposite. Since that loss, the Reds are 7-2 and have outscored their opponents 63-29. Though that loss still hurts, the Reds have rebounded better than most could have expected. I think a lot of the credit goes to Dusty Baker and some of the veteran players like Scott Rolen and Orlando Cabrera.
I just read this in the Cincinnati Enquirer:
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/2...ot-just-lumberThat 10-9 loss in Atlanta, in which the Reds blew a 9-3 lead in the ninth inning, could have derailed this team. Games like that tended to linger in past years. Players could have questioned the way Dusty Baker managed the game. They could have questioned the way other players played.
But the team was past it by the time they went to bed later that night in Cleveland.
A couple of things helped the process along. First, Cabrera spoke on the team bus. Basically, he said: I messed up. We lost the game. It happens once or twice a year. Move on.
Well, he didn't say messed up, but you get the point.
When the team arrived in Cleveland, Baker had a meeting in the hotel lobby. He did all the talking.
When the team dispersed, they did so in groups. Ten or 11 had dinner together at a local steakhouse. Four or five had some beers in the hotel bar.
Kudos to Dusty. He couldn't have handled that any better. I couldn't be more impressed with how this team has responded since that loss. As I said earlier, I thought that loss had the potential to send them into a tailspin but it didn't happen, and though there's still a chance the Reds could fade off, it won't be because of that loss. Awesome managing job by Dusty.
He also deserves some props for the lineup changes he made earlier in the season. Ever since then the Reds offense has been on a roll. I also think he's done a phenomenal job handling Mike Leake this season. I hope the wins continue coming and Dusty leads the Reds into the playoffs. If that happens, he'll deserve an extention, IMO.