I swear Bobby V is just doing this shit to get a rise out of me. And it's working. Based on this story I don't know if I should be more excited for Yankees camp to open or Fraud Sawx camp to open. Check out what Valentine's planning:
"When I look at the program we devised, I don't think of it as tough. But it seems it's different because a lot of people are frowning."
"We all know that nobody likes change except for those who are making other people change to do what they want them to do. I happen to be one of those guys who likes change because guys are doing what I want them to do."
"I would bet there will be 100 guys who won't really like it because it's change for them. But they'll get used to it."
... Valentine wants to make the club's games against Northeastern and Boston College nine innings instead of seven. He also wants to add a couple of games to the team's spring training schedule.
Those games are likely to either be split-squad games or intrasquad games played on a practice field. He said there weren't as many of those types of games in spring training anymore "because there's a lot of lazy people in the game today."
"Everyone says (spring training) is too long. I think that's baloney. To get guys really ready, I think everyone's working the deadline to get a starter with 30 innings and five (starts). The numbers just don't compute."
So to recap, Bobby V is making a much more aggressive Spring Training schedule for The Fraud Sawx that nobody seems to like. He doesn't give a crap about whether or not they like it because he's in charge and all that matters is that he likes it. And he wants to fill open dates in their ST game schedule with more games. If that isn't a recipe to start building a better clubhouse culture, I don't know what is.
I can only hope that this results in an immediate clubhouse split between guys who are looking forward to working harder and improving upon last year's EPIC collapse and guys who would rather continue to sit on their asses and drink beer and slack through ST exercises. And if a player or two gets injured in these extra games and starts the regular season on the DL, that would be even better.
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