Jim Leyland has been widely praised for gaining control of the clubhouse. All the players are saying all the right things. Team chemistry couldn’t be better, whether or not that is due to Leyland or winning is open to debate. In any case everybody is happy right?
Terry Foster has an unamed Tiger player that okay’d Foster to use the following quotes about the return of Dmitri Young:
“We don`t want him back, we don`t need the aggravation, we are all doing well without having him and his bully ways he has played the race card for 4 years, he is a prima donna.
To answer your second question.
He was turned into major league baseball because he got to the point where he was out of control. He was scary. You never knew what to expect from him. He reached the point where he could not be dependable on the field.
Sorry to have to write these things about DY, but unfortunately he is not wanted or needed on this team. We have gotten along this far without a left handed bat, and until the trade time comes along we will all do well. I am afraid that he will up set the chemistry of this team. ./././ Can finally be proud to say I am a Tiger.
This has me angry and frustrated on a number of levels.
I’m mad at Dmitri. I’m mad that he’s wasting tremendous athletic ability. I’m mad that he’s letting down his team, his fans, and his teammates.
I’m mad at the unnamed player. While it’s fine to be concerned that Young will disrupt the clubhouse, what does said player think about acting as a mole in the clubhouse? How is this helping team chemistry? What happens if not everyone agrees with him? Will there be factions in the clubhouse? According to Foster, said player gave him permission to use the quotes so the player knew this was going to come out. It’s a tacky and classless move. This player may have had the best intentions in trying to prevent Young from coming back, but he’s not helping. I don’t disagree with the sentiment, I disagree with the method.
I’m mad that I’m writing about this instead of a feel good story about how wonderful the first half has been.
I”m frustrated that Foster wrote the article the way he did. He did very little to protect unnamed players anonymity. There’s only a handfull of players who have been with the team the last 4 years. As such there are only a handfull of players who are all suspects.
I don’t necessarily doubt Foster on this one, but there is one piced that doesn’t add up. Last year during the Pudge-Vacation fiasco, which Foster was also first on, he was reporting that Young had become the new leader in the clubhouse. Now Foster is saying that his same source is saying that he’s tired of Young being a primadonna and a bully. I don’t see how such a player could have been a leader last year.
I don’t want to overstate the importance of chemistry in terms of winning. But as a fan, this just sucks. My team has been a lot of fun to root for this year not only because of their performance. These are all guys that I enjoy rooting for and this stuff isn’t fun.
In any case Jim Leyland has another one of those fires to put out. Clearly somebody isn’t on board with “what happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse.”