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Next year - add a little fire

Posted by mikelink45 , 10 October 2019 · 1,092 views

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Next year - add a little fire This is a short Blog - kind of a reaction blog set off by the St Louis Cardinals (my favorite NL team). Did you see the headline - 10 runs in the first inning. The Braves were in never never land! What happened. A really good team beat another really good team and did it with fire!

The articles say that the pre-game talk by the Cardinal Manager (who the hell is Schildts?) was angry, it pushed the limits and for a while was available on video. ESPN had this article - "In a video that surfaced online Wednesday night, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt can be seen giving a fiery, expletive-filled speech to his team in the locker room following a win over the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
"The [Braves] started some s---. We finished the s---," Shildt says in the video, which outfielder Randy Arozarena later acknowledged he streamed live on Instagram. "And that's how we roll. No one f---s with us ever. Now, I don't give a f--- who we play. We're gonna f--- them up. We're gonna take it right to them the whole f---ing way. We're gonna kick their f---ing ass."" https://www.espn.com...e-filled-speech

In contrast our manager felt fine just like Dave Roberts after his Dodgers bombed again. The bombs are not as fun as Bombas, by the way.

It reminds me of the Vikings Superbowl bombs. I was so keyed up for them, but as I watched the players they were not. Just going through business as usual. There unflappable coach was stoic and the players were run over by the emotion, if not the talent, of Kansas City, Oakland, Miami, and Pittsburgh. Emotions count.

Next year Rocco, I hope the players love you, I hope that they enjoy playing for the Twins, but when you get to the place where the season hinges on the game - get mad, get emotional, play like it is more than a game.

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I would argue that the hitters' bats were just really good in that top of the first inning. 

 

I would argue that the hitters' bats were just really good in that top of the first inning. 

Yes they were, but I also believe in the power of inspiration

 

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Yes they were, but I also believe in the power of inspiration

Absolutely agree with this article. You want a manager that will get right in your face. Billy Martin comes to mind. You didn't mess with Billy Martin. Guess what? He was a born winner. He was born to win. I like the managers that can get their players' knees shaking. When you're more afraid of your own manager than the other team, you will win. 

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I agree with this article. Rocco is a "soft" manager and we turned into a "soft" team. Batting practice being optional for the players, making lineups out a week in advance (reported by others) leading to too many days off in my mind), playing too many players out of position, etc. 

 

You play how you practice. And sometimes we don't practice. 

 

Yes, I desire some fire from my manager and coaches. the maddest I saw Rocco all year was in a game when some minor rule got broke (sorry I can't remember what it was right now) and he held the game up for what seemed like 5 minutes. 

 

The manager needs to know when to step on the pedal and Rocco didn't this year for the playoffs. He's a young manager and I hope he learned from this season. I have my doubts though. I do love the coaches he hired and the changes made in hitting and pitching, but game management often let a lot to be desired. I also would like to see more of our players develop a two-out approach of trying to hit the soft pitches RBI singles rather than bomba's all the way. 

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In My La-Z-boy
Oct 11 2019 11:30 AM

 

Yes they were, but I also believe in the power of inspiration

There is a thriving industry called "Motivational Speaking" for a reason. 

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The buzz around the sports world is the days of the fiery managers and coaches is OVER. Yelling and screaming at the poor overpaid babies just doesn't work anymore.

I'm not buying it. I don't want a total jerk behind the bench or in the dugout, I want some passion and when needed a bit of brimstone. Whenever they say a manager or coach is a 'player's manager or coach....look out. I don't think thats a compliment, or that it is good.The manager always has to keep a legitimate distance from his players to have their respect. They have to skilled in a lot of communication skills, but the one that for me never works, is being too soft.

 

Maybe this is a generational thing...may very well be...but when a manager just gets his hat handed to him the way Rocco did this past series, the very LAST thing fans want to hear, at that moment, is how happy he is with them. You also don't call them a bunch of slugs to the media either....but there has to be some accountability for such a complete failure...when none of the other teams sunk that low.

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Hosken Bombo Disco
Oct 12 2019 02:54 PM
I still can’t believe it. I think overconfidence played a big part, too.
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Lasorda_This_Out
Oct 13 2019 10:58 PM

Well known in MLB circles that Shildt is sorta, unconventional?

Manages at the edge shall we say?....No thank you! ;-)

 

Rocco Baldelli 110%

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Lasorda_This_Out
Oct 13 2019 11:18 PM

Listen up you Peons...

 

Twins won 101 games in 2019.....

Not likely to be equaled in the next 30 years....?

 

Path to a World Series?

Central Division Title but even better..? Wild Card position every year?!

 

Why, you ask, with a confused Dumb Ass look?

 

One game to stay alive?

Then, 3 out of 5?

Get it? HELLO?

I mean HELLO?

"The [Braves] started some s---. We finished the s---," Shildt says in the video, which outfielder Randy Arozarena later acknowledged he streamed live on Instagram. "And that's how we roll. No one f---s with us ever. Now, I don't give a f--- who we play. We're gonna f--- them up. We're gonna take it right to them the whole f---ing way. We're gonna kick their f---ing ass."

 

 

The Cards are 0-2 since this "inspiring speech"...including 0-2 at home....with about 5 total hits. But, OK.

The Cardinals won and moved on. I will take that.

The Cardinals won and moved on. I will take that.


But if “showing fire” had anything to do with the first-round win...anything. At all. The solution for the second round should be pretty simple, right? Just show even more fire. Shildt must have forgotten to scream and shout after game one. Or...maybe he did, but it doesn’t work if the other team has Scherzer and Strasburg dealing.

 

But if “showing fire” had anything to do with the first-round win...anything. At all. The solution for the second round should be pretty simple, right? Just show even more fire. Shildt must have forgotten to scream and shout after game one. Or...maybe he did, but it doesn’t work if the other team has Scherzer and Strasburg dealing.

I disagree - fire is good when things are equal, but when Scherzer and Strasburg and Corbin are out there nothing makes a difference.

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tarheeltwinsfan
Oct 16 2019 06:32 AM

 

"The [Braves] started some s---. We finished the s---," Shildt says in the video, which outfielder Randy Arozarena later acknowledged he streamed live on Instagram. "And that's how we roll. No one f---s with us ever. Now, I don't give a f--- who we play. We're gonna f--- them up. We're gonna take it right to them the whole f---ing way. We're gonna kick their f---ing ass."

 

 

The Cards are 0-2 since this "inspiring speech"...including 0-2 at home....with about 5 total hits. But, OK.

Apparently the Cardinals' manager's ranting and raving and cursing and shouting couldn't motivate the Red Birds enough to overcome good pitching and good hitting.4 and out against the Washington Nationals.