If we were really really really being honest with ourselves, at the start of the day and at the end of the day the professional baseball players are the ones who play the game. Wins and losses land on the players. Managers just kinda stand around offer disheartening advice and bad tactics that aggravate players and lower morale. General Managers generally manage to get by on large salaries that correlate their wins and losses mostly on luck. Fans jump on and off of bandwagons, seemingly at random, providing little incentive for players or front office leadership to improve on the product. Owners limit spending and budgets so that second rate talent is most of what can be acquired and top rate talent can be discouraged by the likely prospect that they will never see a raise.
But at the start of the day and at the end of the day, it's the players.
You know that. I know that. Huston Street knows that.
"Losing is a miserable experience," Street said before the game. "I believe in the Padres' ownership. They want to win and they are not content with status quo.
"I blame the players for what's happened here."
Huston Street says losing is a "miserable experience". I say you get into a slump and the fear and the anxiety take over. That "miserable experience"? That's really a disease. Losing is a disease. As contagious as polio or like syphilis or the clap.
It's a disease that can cripple you, like when somebody slams the door in your face as they're walking out the building in front of you. Or like when somebody takes you and your co-workers and throws you all under a moving bus.
Let's all take note of Huston Streets sage observation and know that, fundamentally, he's probably right.