Did anyone else hear Jose Guillen's rant on 810 last night after the tragic loss? If not, click on this link and go to the podcast at the bottom of the page... http://www.810whb.com/podcast.asp
"This team is full of f***ing babies"
"Don't blame the manager. He works harder than anyone here so we can win some games."
"These guys don't know how to play the f***ing game."
I think we've thought these thoughts for some time, and we had quit blaming Jose Guillen for our problems since mid-April when we realized he really is the best hitter of the bunch. But, more broadly, isn't it about time someone blew up? I mean, this team is full of REAL people right, with REAL emotions and anger, the kind that builds after years of torment and losing streaks like this one. Jose wasn't even a part of those problems, yet he is the one to say something. I love the emotion and anger here, and I wonder how long it will take for Trey or Dayton to do something about these problems. I know Trey works very hard, and I'm sure Dayton does as well.
But there is something going on here, something missing in our organization that tends to make change difficult. I would call it a Steinbrenner quality in our organization, that urge to make drastic changes to end the losing. Dayton seems to be immune from this tendency, for better or for worse. I think it is for worse. In Jeffrey Flanagan's KC Star article on hitting instructor Mike Barnett, Dayton claims he would not fire a coach until the end of the season unless the manager said something first. Well, Trey is really nice, one of those good old Texas boys, the type that does not throw his colleagues or players under the bus. However, if he is not going to point out obvious problems or suggest organizational changes, it is clearly Dayton's role to do it. Someone, in the spirit of Jose Guillen, needs to put the foot down. As Harry Truman's plaque said, "The buck stops here!" Not to call out John Buck personally, but there is a lot of bull that needs to be stopped in this organization, and someone, super-Christian (Dayton, Trey, and I'm sure others in the organization) or not, has to not be so nice about it. Swearing is okay when things are not going well, because whether it's appropriate or not, it gets the point across. Also, everyone is thinking it. Trey's team meeting, while I'm sure it was serious and pointed, may not have gotten the job done that a GM with more power could accomplish. People need to be fired, DFA'd, or other things need to happen. In classic French Revolution style, heads need to roll for real change (sorry Obama fans for stealing this one) to happen. Only then can the Royals embark on Napoleonic conquest for the next decade or so in the AL. That said, I hope there are angry mobs willing to agree with Jose Guillen. His rant reveals problems that were known but not discussed. The babies and fake ballplayers need to go, and we don't have to wait or be nice about it. So let's go out there and stop this streak and start winning again!