Manager Eric Wedge is looking for leaders. He says they have to come from the Indians’ position players and they better not take too long to get here . . .
. . . “There are certain things that are happening that shouldn’t be happening,” Wedge said. “That won’t continue to happen, one way or another. We’ve always done things here a certain way. That’s not going to change . . . I’m the leader of this ballclub, but I’m the manager, not a player,” Wedge said. “We’re going to do everything we can do to be the best we can be. Whether they like it or not, we’re going to do what’s in the best interest of this ballclub.”
I love stuff like this. What, exactly, does he want? Why can’t either the manager or the writer provide an example of what this clubhouse leader is supposed to be doing? The only time you ever hear anything concrete about a clubhouse leader is either when (a) guys are fighting about which music is played on the clubhouse boom box; or (b) when a guy is being described as the leader following some excellent play on his part, in which case he is said to be “leading by example.” Name me one clubhouse leader whose primary attribute isn’t that he’s playing well. More generally, show me one team who has a solid, respected and previously-identified clubhouse leader that is playing awful baseball.
It all smells like retrospective hogwash to me.