Saturday, April 25, 2009
Don't want to hear any excuses.
Not--Our Pitchers need to throw more strikes.
Not--Our Fielders need to concentrate more and make less errors.
Not--Our Hitters need to be more focused at the plate.
You guys are professional. You should know what each of you is capable of doing.
This Is Major League Baseball after all. You should know what is expected of you.
And we don't care whether any player for Our Washington Nationals has been in the Big Leagues for 10 Days or 10 Years, each should also be responsible enough to play the game on the biggest stage.
Act And Play Like You Belong There.
After today's 16th game of 2009--you really had to wonder. Our Washington Nationals now find themselves in a big hole--10 games down in the loss column. 3-13 Overall, already 8 Games out of First Place. A position not wanted on many levels. But bearable if you believe everyone is working hard--and not giving up.
What Our Washington Nationals are doing right now is giving games away. They are taking away virtually all their chances to win. Remember, most every team loses 1/3rd of all their games every year--54 Total. Most every team wins 54 games each season. And what every team does in those final 54 games to fill out the 162 Game Schedule decides whether you are Good, Bad or Ugly. At this point in April, Our Washington Nationals are losing each of those other 54 games. They are playing some ugly baseball and they need to get ahold of themselves on that issue.
Like right now!!
You can't continuously throw balls off the plate from the mound.
You can't continuously drop ground balls or fly balls hit in your direction.
You can't hope Someone Else gets that key base hit.
You have to be responsible for yourself, your work and your performance.
Come On Guys!! We Are Better Than This.
You all, collectively, need to do a better job.
It's time for everyone of you, Our Players for Our Washington Nationals, to pull yourselves together and understand you have to perform on a higher level than shown so far in 2009. None of you made The Major Leagues without having talent. And none of you are less responsible than another for this early season slump. Stepping up and competing at the skill level everyone knows you are capable--is your number one goal this Saturday Evening.
No. Please, no more excuses.
Time to Play Ball!! Major League Baseball on the skills level considered acceptable.
The African Queen and I can put up with the losses. We can suffer through the rebuilding of Our Franchise with the very best of those out there. We Care and We Love Our Team. And we want to see Our Washington Nationals do better--eventually win consistently. We've always been there for you and always will.
The winning is coming. That fact Sohna and I have no doubt.
But whether Our Washington Nationals are Good, Bad Or Ugly-- we want to watch Professional Major League Baseball in Washington, DC--knowing every single one of you is giving their very best effort out there on the field of play--each and every day.
Nothing else is acceptable.
We know, that's some Tough Love. But it's how The African Queen and I feel this evening.
Don't Give Up. LIKE EVER!! No matter how bad it seems.
You know, Sohna and I will always be there for you--ALWAYS.
Today's InGame Photo--Julie Jacobson (AP)