I’M A BIG FAN OF CASUAL SWEARING IN INTERVIEWS. When star shortstop Manny Machado came through the Carolina League last year, he must have dropped the F-bomb a half-dozen times with me in 30-minute conversation in the Frederick dugout. He wasn’t mad; that’s just how he talks. “Sometimes the grind of the long season gets to me, and then I remember my mom worked three [bleepin'] jobs to give me a chance. I’m so [bleepin'] lucky that I get to play the [bleepin'] game that I love everyday.”
To me that means the filter has been removed, the subject is being honest and telling you what he or she thinks, not necessarily what he or she thinks people want to hear.
In Bud Foster’s case, he’s probably accomplishing both.
“They’ve got a new staff, they’ve got good players, they’ve got a good program. Just a couple years ago they were in the Fiesta Bowl. So it’s not like we got beat by some dog-ass team when it’s all said and done. It’s a good program. They’ve won the Big East championship. They’re a BCS conference football team. It’s not like we got beat by James Madison or somebody. Excuse me, but understand that.”
Of course, he didn’t leave it at that. The internal evaluation was the more important thing, and this is what he said about Tech’s defensive performance:
“No intensity. No passion. Inconsistent effort. Lack of communication…We need to be more physical; we got pushed around. We had inconsistent efforts, and that’s not who we are.”
Foster recalled his film room speech to his team as going something like this:
“This is how we do it around here. This is how we’re going to do it. This is how we have done it and why we’re successful. We showed plays that are unacceptable and why they happened. The bottom line is every play that they had, it was us not doing what we were supposed to do…There were a couple plays down the field where we had it definitive if we execute right on the outside. We had some communication issues.
“That goes back on me. I’m going to take responsibility for that, and I won’t let it happen again.”
-Andy has an excellent piece on Tech’s biggest offensive problem: the lack of a running game. Read that here.
-Andy has more on the defense here.
-What’s up with Logan Thomas? Andy explores here.
-Clearly no dog-ass efforts from Mr. Bitter.
-Doughty has a feature on defensive end Ausar Walcott, who’s on the right path after a suspension.
-Pretty jealous that I didn’t know Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench was coming to the Taubman last night. Fortunately Doughty knew and did a nice interview with him here.
-I once heard an XM radio interview with Bench where he talked about his hitting approach. Did you know that he went into every at-bat looking curveball and adjusting to the fastball? Usually it’s the other way around, but his hands were so quick that he could pull that off. Bench seems like a guy you could spend a whole day talking baseball with and you’d still be wishing you had more time.
-Ray Cox has a feature on Donte and Steven Peoples of Galax.
-Orioles win their 14th straight extra-innings game, tying it with a two-run Chris Davis single in the ninth and beating Seattle 4-2 in 18.
-O’s are now in a virtual tie for first in the AL East with the Yankees, who got rained out last night. New York has a day-night doubleheader with Toronto today, while Baltimore closes out its series in Seattle with Tech alum Joe Saunders facing King Felix.
-Per @masnORIOLES on Twitter, Baltimore calls up pitcher Dylan Bundy. Using every arrow in the quiver. I like it. Nationals probably don’t.
-Angels beat Texas behind Jered Weaver (18-4). L.A. is three back of Baltimore/New York for the second AL wildcard spot. The top spot is still held by the A’s, who fell to Detroit last night. Texas leads Oakland by three games in the AL West.
-Cardinals beat Houston and have a 1.5-game lead for the second NL wildcard spot over the Dodgers, who will play a doubleheader in Washington starting at 4 p.m. today.
-My friend John informs me that the complete series of “Get a Life” — that short-lived sitcom starring Chris Elliott as a 30-year-old paperboy — is finally out on DVD. Sweet.
NAME THAT TUNE
Holes in our spirit causin’ tears and fears
One-sided stories for years and years and years
I’m inferior? Who’s inferior?
Yeah, we need to check the interior
Of the system that cares about only one culture
And that is why…