“I’ve never experienced a year like this one, where so many things have gone wrong. You go back to the beginning of the year, even into the season, attendance was coming back, our TV numbers were great, there was a good buzz about the team. But once the team started to go south, it just seemed to be one thing after the other. And it never stopped.
“It’s the one thing that keeps me up at night. When you build something and you don’t deliver, there is a feeling of emptiness. It’s felt by fans and players and by the front office as well. We all want to win. We have to learn from it. The hard thing is, it was almost like interest was spiking up instead of drifting up, and we were going on this 90-degree angle, a huge spike of interest, and then all this…
“I don’t believe you make excuses. We have to deliver. You can’t lose the pitchers we lost. You can’t lose the position players we lost. That said, no one cares about excuses, no one wants to hear that. They care about results. And believe me, our expectations were high when this season began.”
ON THE MATTER THAT BALTIMORE AND OAKLAND, PERENNIAL DOORMATS, MAY GO TO THE PLAYOFFS
“I’m actually pissed off about it. And the reason being: Can you tell me who the favourite is in the American League? There isn’t one. I was talking to (White Sox owner) Jerry Reinsdorf about this today. There’s no one team to beat. Everybody’s got a shot. Getting into the playoffs gives you a chance to win. A lot of teams can with the World Series, starting with the play-in game. I’m more pissed off because that could have been us.”
Posted: September 20, 2012 at 04:26 AM | 24 comment(s)
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