I’m glad I played for Lou because he gets everything out of you. You don’t lollygag at all. Some things you guys see now, wouldn’t happen if Lou was here. I guarantee that.
We don’t think think many people will be surprised to hear that Joe Maddon at times runs a loose ship. But we are surprised to hear a player take a thinly veiled shot at a manager that many would call a “player’s manager.” And it is surprising when that player is a superstar very near free agency.
We have long wondered aloud if the Rays would have been better off had Piniella and Maddon reversed their tenures with the team. That is, have Maddon develop and grow the roster and maybe Piniella would have done a better job maximizing the talent once it was in place.
As for the “lollygag” comment…is that a shot at BJ Upton, or the team in general? Obviously Upton’s recent incident received the most attention. But there certainly could be others that didn’t lead to a dugout confrontation and that the fans didn’t see.
In some ways, we are hoping it was a shot at Upton. Because if not, then Crawford is saying that “lollygagging” is an inherent trait of this team. And that is not good.