Sunday, June 01, 2008

Two managers, two losses, two reactions
The Indians lost to the Royals today, 6-1. Cleveland hit miserably, as usual.

Indians manager Eric Wedge is almost reaching Matt Underwood-levels of ridiculous optimism.

I don't want to sound like a broken record, but we hit a lot of balls on the barrel of the bat," said Wedge. "They played excellent defensively. We didn't find any holes, and we mixed in some bad at-bats, but we could have easily had 11 or 12 hits today."

Meanwhile, the White Sox lost to the Devil Rays (a first-place team), 4-3. Sox manager Ozzie Guillen (whose squad, despite a 28-26 record, is in first in the Central) let loose about his team's offensive struggles.

''There's only one message I'm going to send,'' a frustrated Guillen said. ''That's all I'm going to talk. Just be ready because I expect movement Tuesday. I expect Kenny to do something Tuesday, and if we don't do anything Tuesday, there are going to be a lot of lineup changes. That's all I'm going to say about the offense.

''It can be me. It can be [hitting coach] Greg Walker. It can be the players. It could be anybody. I'm sick and tired to watch this thing for a year and a half. I'm not protecting anybody anymore. [Bleep] it! If they can't get it done, Kenny should find someone to get it done. That's it.

It's not fair, but it seems that Wedge gives backrubs, and Guillen gives his club grenades.

Guillen has his issues (big, big issues). He can lose a team just as easily as anyone else. But his team has a ring, and Wedge's does not.

I just find the differences interesting.



At 11:49 AM , Anonymous Erik said...

Underwood? Heck, he's Baghdad Wedge

"We are winning the battle! The heathens are paralyzed with fright! We shall use their skin as moist towelettes with which to wipe the sweat from our brows!"

The funniest thing is that Wedge has become increasingly volatile as the losing has mounted. Every time a close call goes against the Indians, Wedge does his best to look like Earl Weaver, storming out of the dugout and confronting the ump. I used to think it was a sorry attempt at saying "Look at me! I'm a FIERY manager!" But now I think Wedge is legitimately becoming unhinged.

How do you feel about having Ozzie F**king Guillen for a manager? Because Wedge is going to snap one of these days and unload a torrent of obscenity that would make even Guillen blush.


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