I agree with you about Tex! He didn’t carry us very far it seemed to me that Chipper was carrying the team. Also what he said about wanting to stay here was bogus. If he wanted to stay here he could have done what ARod did and told Scott Boros to take a hike. He wanted to leave. As for the club house, of course this year is having problems we are having issues and like they say winning would solve this.
Let’s see who is not playing the Braves way…..? I have only come up to ATL to see the Braves twice so far this year and living in Panama City I can’t even watch them on TV very often. So I depend on blogs, podcasts, radio and the AJC for my info. I can’t help but think that Tavares isn’t a typical Brave Manny Acosta too. As for the fielders it’s hard for me to tell, what do y’all think? I think that like you said with Huddy, Smoltz and Glavine out of the picture there just isn’t a vocal leader on the team. I hope the Braves bring up some young players and I’ll check the team out myself when I come upon September 5th. Keep up the good work.
I think one of the biggest problems that has faced the Braves since 1991 is that their core leadership has always been focused in the starting rotation. Great players and teammates like Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux. The problem has been the lack of a positional player to take on the mantel of leadership. A guy who is out there day-to-day grinding out the innings, in the thick of it each day. Pitchers just aren’t the same type of leaders. And the guys who’ve been tenured players on the team, like Chipper and Andruw, aren’t vocal leaders. That isn’t in their character. The one guy who was a positional player who was a vocal leader was David Justice. It is no coincidence that he led them to their championship by hitting the homerun to win the game to clinch the whole thing. And the Braves took that opportunity to ship he and Marquis Grissom off to the Indians in a salary dump for one of the worst clubhouse guys in the history of sport – Kenny Lofton. The Braves don’t want water ripplers. They have put up with Smoltz to an extent, but they don’t want guys who are vocal and who call out their teammates. This is all Bobby’s way.
My one response it that Yunel Escobar somehow has always struck me as someone with a chip on his shoulder. It saddens me that there is dissension in what has always been a (mostly) harmonious clubhouse but if anyone were making a fuss I could imagine it being Esco. I like him but he really seems to have a short fuse and losing probably doesn’t suit him one bit.