Thursday, August 11, 2005
Not Too Subtle
Barry Rozner quotes ex-Cub coach and minor league manager Oscar Acosta at length today on the topic of, "What happened to Corey Patterson?"
"That surprises me about Corey because I didn't see any of that in the majors or minors ... But kids grow up and they push the boundaries to see how far they can go, and if there's no discipline, then they keep going and pushing.
These young players today, it's mind-boggling the things they say and do. Everything's about the money, and morals and ethics and integrity go out the window. Baseball hasn't changed at all, but the people have.
Some clubhouses are filled with bad influences and it can ruin young guys because they’re taught that there are no rules once you make the big leagues and get the big money. ... But on teams where there's no fear, there's no motivation. As long as the players are protected, there's nothing anyone can do to stop it."
Now, Acosta may have been a pud and not known what to do with a raw Carlos Zambrano when he had him, but Acosta is clearly calling out one person and maybe two.
Dusty Baker is certainly one. The other sounds a lot like Sammy Sosa.
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