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Kind of says he got a bad rap because he was critical of the A's not stealing bases, and people automatically assumed he didn't care about walks either.
The Big Hitter must swing at pitches out of the strike zone because everyone knows the "next guy" is going to kill the rally, probably by swinging at pitches outside the strike zone. Which is why the criticism is all for the guys taking walks and keeping the rally alive instead of the "next guy" who everyone knows is going to kill the rally. This kind of doublespeak BS is positively Orwellian.
Fortunately for Joe, he didn't listen to Joe Morgan when he played; instead he took a ton of walks with runners on base rather than swinging at a bunch of crap outside the strike zone.
Though Joe got old and grew reactionary, he was never a stupid man. I think the game changed on him, and he was too old and too much the jock to go with it. I don't doubt that he honestly believed many of the criticisms he issued, and that many of them were based on the best instruction he had received, ie, probably the best instruction available to a ballplayer at mid-century.
Does he really talk about showering?
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