Check out Bluebird Banter for a pre-pre-preview of how Spring Training is going. I’ll be heading down in a few weeks with some press credentials- if there’s anything you want to know that hasn’t been totally written into the ground by the avalanche of new Jays blogs, fire away and I’ll post the answers over at Baseball Digest Daily.
Last year, I dismissed the complaints about too much frivolty/too many nerf guns in the clubhouse as a media creation. Good teams play loose, and what makes a team have good chemistry is impossible to predict. I really don’t buy that the way to turn a team around is to scowl a lot, or that having some fun over a 162-game season means that you don’t care. But Halladay made some comments in today’s globe that at least some of the antics didn’t appeal to someone with his intensity. Concerning the additions of Rolen and Eckstein, he said:
“I think there were times last year where there just wasn’t that sense of urgency, where things were kind of taken lightly,” Halladay said. “So that’s a huge difference for me. I think just those two presences are going to make a big difference.”
On the other hand, I’m not sure that either of the players, Troy Glaus or John McDonald, were founding members of the glee club. Mac oozes grit, and Glaus was shy as hell and one for those that expect a tantrum after every K with runners on. But if the Doc’s happy, I’m happy. Check out the full article for more of his thoughts on steroids and B.J. watching over the bullpen.