Jonathan Papelbon via [MCall]:
- “Since I’ve been here I haven’t seen any leadership,” he said.
It’s still early in spring training. The Phillies haven’t even played a Grapefruit League game yet and they don’t open the season until April 1 in Atlanta.
But Papelbon doesn’t want them to wait that long. The Phillies, he said, simply can’t afford it.
- “Every good team that I’ve been a part of has had a good core group of veterans and an influx of a good group of young guys and I think that’s a recipe for success,” he said. “But at the same time, that doesn’t mean we’re going to have success. In my opinion, this team has way more to lose than to prove. I think a lot of guys on this team have proved a lot. But I think this year if we don’t go out and do what we’re capable [of] and supposed to do, then we have a lot more to lose.”
Just Pap being Pap. The youngest guy in the infield is 33, Ryan Howard. Howard, Halladay, Lee, Utley, Rollins, Hamels, Ruiz, YOU. More leadership? Stop making excuses. Just win games. Maybe Paps is just lighting a fire up the ass of this team, taking control.
Doc Halladay chimed in as well, saying the Phillies can’t just expect to ‘flip the switch’ anymore via [MCall] :
- “The big thing for me is when I first came over, we always had such good teams that there wasn’t a real sense of urgency because they always felt like it was a matter of time before they took over the division. Now the division’s getting better and I just think there needs to be more of a sense of urgency at the start of the year and especially in spring training. We’ve got to try and win games in spring training. It’s hard to flip the switch. We’ve had guys that have been talented enough and could always just flip the switch when they had to. That’s got to change.”
It’s a simple game. Just stay healthy and win.