After last nights pathetic effort by Juan Rivera with a tie game in the bottom of the 9th and the bags juiced Juan appears to slow up with a disguested look on his face, as if to shout out his own pouty frustration with the umps blown calls at the plate. However that ball was absolutely catchable ! I don't give a damn how frustrated he might have been with the blown calls, he is a professional athelete who gave up on his team much more than he did the ball. That to me is even more inexcuseable than what the ump did.
Sosh needs to sit this little girl down and not tolerate that again and hold Juan accountable for his lack of effort. And I believe that Juan owes his teammates and the fans an appology as well. This also, is not the first time Juan has failed to give full effort in attempting to make an out for fear of getting a little dirty.
Moving forward and turning the page, this leads to something even bigger. If last night's game does not serve as a very fresh motivating factor for this team to nut up and quit losing to the Red Sox, than nothing will. The obviously blown calls should be laughed off, because really there is nothing else that can be done by the team about it. If Sosh wants to go out and publicly berate the Ump , then let him do his managerial job by doing just that. However, inside the locker room, I hope he reminds the players of what they didn't do that could have kept them out of this situation.
This team does have and has had the talent to beat these chowdah eatin' punks. They need to look themselves in the mirror and empty their heads of any negative expectations they may have when they play these fools. Last nights game has such a huge potential to be a positive rallying point to launch this team straight to the World Series. Let us all hope this team realizes it, captures it, and enjoys the ride.