The Tigers’ elimination number is 3 and there is less than a month left of the regular season, so what will reporters focus on in their daily press conferences for the remainder? Well, it isn’t Miggy’s chase of an impressive 4th batting title. Nor is it injury updates on Sanchez or Norris. It isn’t even — as you might think — how that looming elimination number might affect the players’ mentality or spirit. The far more burning issue to the press is how these professional players might be rattled by reports that their manager is on his way out.
Not only did reporters ask the players at the presser Friday if it affected them (!), but they even queried Brad about it. Yes, a professional journalist actually asked a manager how he divined his job status impacted the big league athletes on his team. When you ask a question like that, what can you imagine the answer will be?
“I think Miggy is really stressed I might be fired because his hits seem to be pulling more to third”?
“Well, some of them are really broken up about it, but Kinsler’s such a hard ass, he threatened to drill the first crybaby with red eyes who showed his face in the clubhouse”?
Seriously, what is your rational expectation for a response there?
I can’t imagine how anyone wouldn’t want to go full snark at that question, but our boy Brad has looks and self-control. He may not know much about managing a bullpen, but he sure knows how to answer that bullshit question:
“These guys will continue to play the right way.”
That’s a handsome answer there, Brad. Mighty handsome.