Just your average Joe?
Our baseball writer, Marc Topkin, pointed out in Thursday's Times how, uh, well Joe had taken the team's 10th straight loss. Joe talked about it being a "growth moment'' and "lesson learned'' and that sort of rah-rah stuff.
You know, some days I see and listen to Joe and I think what a nice man. Kinda like your grandfather. Of course, when I say grandfather, I mean a really old guy who dozes off while eating pudding for lunch, pretty unaware of what's going on around him.
Then there are days when I think Joe knows exactly what's doing. That he firmly believes showing patience and optimism are his best options while he tries to guide a young, fragile team from worst to future contenders. And that any criticism will crush his kids. I mean, is yelling and breaking chairs going to suddenly make the bullpen better? Will it magically heal Rocco Baldelli and B.J. Upton? Will it turn Edwin Jackson into a 20-game winner?
I go back and forth. What about you? What do you think of the job Joe Maddon is doing with the Devil Rays?