Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Weathers Radio

If you didn't get a chance to hear David Weathers on with Paul Daugherty Wednesday night, it's really worth a listen. I'm guessing it was around 6:40 p.m. when the topic turned to the feel of the current clubhouse versus the clubhouse of the past few years. Paraphrasing here and operating from the best of my recollection, Weathers said the clubhouse was completely different now and more relaxed because the younger guys can be themselves. Guys don't have to worry about being made fun of if they put in extra work. Jeff Brantley chimed in that he's never seen the workout room as busy as it has been this spring. Nobody named names but you can figure out who's gone from that clubhouse. Weathers also felt like losing was accepted, that winning wasn't as important as just being in the major leagues. I could never put my finger on the fault of all of this, but I have felt in the past that young guys were less likely to step up and do what needed to be done. Weathers acknowledged it's tough for a bullpen guy to be the point man as the leader of the team. Instead it has to come from guys in the everyday lineup. I came away with the distinct impression that didn't happen in the past. While this is not surprising or earth-shattering, it was interesting and refreshing to hear it come from a guy like Weathers, a consummate professional.

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