Maybe it’s the 5-6 start to the season, but Charlie Manuel griped about his team’s performance before today’s rainout. Specifically, he griped about the individual attitudes of some unnamed players:
“But also, we’ve got some real good players. We’ve got some very professional players. We’ve got some players that love the game just like they always did. But we’ve also got some guys who need to look back and think about how we got there and what we did to be a winning team. I think that sometimes you can do things to get away from the fact that the game is the first priority and winning the game is the first priority. The game counts more than anything.
“I’ve seen some differences in guys. I’ve seen some differences in the way guys go about their business. I’ve seen some differences in how they act. Cockiness sometimes is good, but it’s kind of how you handle things, too. I’ve seen some changes. I’ve seen differences in a lot of people around here, too.”
In rebuttal, figurehead team captain Jimmy Rollins said he hasn’t seen a change in anybody’s attitude since returning for 2009:
“We just haven’t put the W’s and the L’s in the right order yet. We’re still playing solid baseball at times. It probably doesn’t look that way because it seems like we’re behind a lot. That’ll come around. “Charlie’s in the back a lot. He comes in after the games. Sometimes managers just see things much differently than everyone else. They have a lot of pressure on them.”