In an ESPN.com story about the Tampa Bay Rays’ bullpen, there was a telling quote from Joe Maddon about his own managerial style.
“My role has shifted,” Maddon said, “from being the eternal optimist to being the more pragmatic one. And I recognized both goals in advance. When I first came here, I knew it was going to be necessary to prop things up, and now I know it’s going to be necessary to somehow curb the enthusiasm.”
So, annoying the fans to no end was all part of Papa Joe’s master plan. And now that the team is doing well, it is now OK to be a curmudgeon. Now if we could get Maddon to actually tighten the leash on players as opposed to just promising.
Improved bullpen big reason Rays have high hopes [ESPN]