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One of my favorite scenes in a baseball movie is the “lollygaggers” speech in “Bull Durham.” I’m sure that the movie’s writer, Ron Shelton, at one point during his minor league career, heard a speech a lot like that. I’m guessing you don’t hear that kind of rant very much anymore, if for no other reason than because managers know it well and realize they’ve been successfully pre-parodied out of being taken seriously if they do.
Terry Collins doesn’t care, though. After the Mets got shellacked 9-0 by the hapless Diamondbacks today — who completed a three-game sweep in New York — Collins was hot. Apart from Neil Walker, who he praised for hustle, he was mad about his team’s lack of effort. He starts strong but finishes The second half on fire, channeling Trey Wilson’s Skip and telling his club, through the press, that he’ll ship every last one of ’em out and replace them with someone from Las Vegas if they don’t shape up.
Managers are such middle managers these days. I get why that is and I’d probably want my manager to be a calm guy, channeling the baseball operations staff if I ran a team, but I’m not gonna lie: loved seeing Collins get hot like this:
The Yankees gave a mostly immobile Derek Jeter 130 starts at shortstop in 2014 when they were competing for a playoff spot. The 2016 Yankees could book “Wanna Get Away” fares on Southwest Airlines and a prepaid hotel room for an October 4th vacation and not have to worry, yet they still won’t let Alex Rodriguez have a little fun before his career ends:
I’m sure everyone will remember where they were when they saw Chase Headley play third base in game 115 of a blah season back in the day. It’ll really be something to cherish.
In other news, Joe Girardi probably gives loved ones Amazon gift cards for Christmas.
The Oklahoma City Dodgers have announced that Yasiel Puig will speak with the media on Friday and then never again so long as he is in the minor leagues. Really, that’s how they put it.
Yasiel Puig is certainly a popular person and phenomenon to write about, but I don’t feel like, on a day to day basis anyway, he’s someone anyone thinks of as a good quote. If anything it’s probably a relief for the press covering Oklahoma City that he’s not talking to the media. That way they can tell their editors, nope, no Puig quotes, so stop asking.
It’s probably for the best for all concerned, really. Puig has two jobs in Oklahoma City: rake and stay healthy so that the Dodgers can trade him or, less likely, use him for a playoff push. The world will somehow still turn if he doesn’t talk to the press.
UPDATE: Welp, never mind:
I’m glad we went through this exercise.