i guess i'm just being naive but it drives me crazy to think some players can turn it up another notch or two during a year when they're playing for a new contract. As a fan I'd like to think these guys are putting out every year but there is some evidence of guys putting up career numbers, signing new big deals, and then not living up to expectations.
I can almost understand going through the motions if I'm a veteran playing for the Pirates in late august for example but even then i'd like to think i'd have enough pride to give 100%. While I'm on the subject the thought that big league managers, nfl coaches, etc...need to be "motivators" drives me crazy too. Again it's probably being naive but you'd think pride and a paycheck would be all the motivation these "professionals" would need.