Sure, he said, the stakes are higher. The money spent is remarkable. The expectations are warranted. It’s on him. It’s on all of them.
“None of that really matters,” he said. “The expectation is you have to win. That’s just the way it is. You could fight it. You could try to defuse it. But I don’t think there’s any defusing this bomb, no matter what we do. We just might as well look at that and take it head on right away. We’re supposed to win. There it is. If we lose, we’re failures.”
Mattingly just finished Tony La Russa’s new book, “One Last Strike.” He considered that a man who managed for 33 years, who won more than 2,700 games and who presumably will go to the Hall of Fame, won three championships. That’s a lot of work for three, glorious as they might have been.
“It’s not easy,” Mattingly said. “I don’t care what kind of club you have. As far as me being ready, it doesn’t even matter what I think. It comes down to, ‘Am I capable of dealing with these guys?’ That’s the thing right there. And I always have been.
“Beyond that, at the end of the day, it’s going to have to be a team that plays baseball. So, bring it on. Let’s be a rock group, be rock stars. At the end of the day, can you perform? If you don’t perform, you’re going to get eaten up and spit out. In that clubhouse, we’re going to have to know what we’re after.”
Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
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