Patrick Reusse has been espousing a theory since the 2011 "bilateral" Mauer nightmare, namely, that Gardy, consciously or unconsciously, has frequently slipped in some, oh so subtle needles when referring to how Joe Mauer is doing. Reusse also stated on Sunday evening that he's convinced that all of the losing has finally taken its toll on Gardy, to the point that he thinks Gardy will ask out of the job at season's end. Yesterday, when Gardy decided to give Mauer getaway day off against KC, here was his quote:
"I just told him, 'You're out today,' " Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He just looked at me and he didn't fight me, so that was good."
I thought little of it at the time, as Mauer hadn't missed a game or inning since his return over two weeks ago, although it did strike me as kind-of-odd phraseology. And then this little quote just popped up this afternoon, from Gardy's pre-game banter with Mike Berardino:
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Gardy revealed for first time today his theory on Joe Mauer's slow first half. He was feeling "a lot of pressure" to make All-Star Game.
MLB ballplayers are human beings, even the future HOF veteans. But could this really be a valid reason for Mauer's slow start? Or is this following in the line of the strange comment about the shifted infield defense after the loss to KC on Wednesday, from a frustrated and beaten-down manager who missed a night's sleep flying into Baltimore at 5 AM this morning?