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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Rangers’ Holland decides to cut the comedy

Not quite as funny as Howard Stern cutting Soupy Sales’ piano wires though. (number one in the cars!)

Whether he’s a master self-promoter or just a kind-hearted soul who won’t refuse a request for his time, Holland has been told to try toning down the act and to put more attention on baseball.

The left-hander has bought in, and is trying to do his best to just say no more often.

“It’s less of the interviews and those kinds of things,” Holland said. “It’s taking a different approach to it, just carrying myself a little bit better.

“I’m still going to be the same guy I was before, just with more of a serious approach, turning things down, keeping more of my focus on the field.”

To say that Holland doesn’t take his day job seriously is simply uninformed, though easy to reach based on his 2011 mustache that took on a life of its own and a fondness for Chuck Norris.

...To those who think that his Harry Caray weather report or his radio show or his prolific Twitter posts have affected his performance, Holland is trying to prove that perception isn’t reality.

“I don’t want people saying, ‘Oh, that’s why he’s not pitching well because he out doing this,’” he said. “That’s not what it comes down to. There’s a lot of work that people don’t see, and they want to judge on what they do see. It’s upsetting.”

Repoz Posted: February 14, 2013 at 05:25 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bug Selig Posted: February 14, 2013 at 07:24 AM (#4369344)
I don’t want people saying, ‘Oh, that’s why he’s not pitching well because he out doing this


Have you thought of, I dunno, pitching well?
   2. McCoy Posted: February 14, 2013 at 08:21 AM (#4369363)
If he goes out and pitches well this year doesn't that help support the argument that he wasn't taking baseball serious enough before?
   3. GregD Posted: February 14, 2013 at 09:28 AM (#4369404)
Let me give an interview about how I'm giving fewer interviews...
   4. SPICEY WITH A SIDE OF BEER ON A BABYYYYYYY Posted: February 14, 2013 at 09:35 AM (#4369411)
Holland's a big key to the Rangers this year. If he pitches well, their starting rotation could be extremely good. And they're going to need good starting pitching, because the offense is solid but not great.
   5. The Good Face Posted: February 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM (#4369457)
If he goes out and pitches well this year doesn't that help support the argument that he wasn't taking baseball serious enough before?


Eh. He's a young pitcher with excellent stuff and inconsistent results. It's not uncommon for guys like that to take a step forward and become stars, and I doubt it's because they all weren't taking the game seriously before. It's just young pitchers being young pitchers.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: February 14, 2013 at 10:28 AM (#4369484)


Eh. He's a young pitcher with excellent stuff and inconsistent results. It's not uncommon for guys like that to take a step forward and become stars, and I doubt it's because they all weren't taking the game seriously before. It's just young pitchers being young pitchers.


Sure, but if he's specifically cutting out some of the other stuff, and he achieves his goal of pitching well, then he'll be giving people the opportunity to point to that other stuff as what held him back previously (whether it was a cause or simply luck won't really matter).
   7. The Good Face Posted: February 14, 2013 at 11:01 AM (#4369512)
Sure, but if he's specifically cutting out some of the other stuff, and he achieves his goal of pitching well, then he'll be giving people the opportunity to point to that other stuff as what held him back previously (whether it was a cause or simply luck won't really matter).


Yeah, people suck at causality, news at 11. If he has a good year, the narrative will be about how he cleaned up his act and focused his mind and blah blah blah. I'm guessing the Rangers organization quietly gave him a version of the Bull Durham speech about fungus on his shower shoes. Stars get to indulge in wacky, eccentric behavior; either become a star or toe the line.
   8. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM (#4369559)
Not quite as funny as Howard Stern cutting Soupy Sales’ piano wires though. (number one in the cars!)

I was hoping Derek Holland would tell us whether or not he liked talking chairs.

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