The only way to overcome is to hang in.
They've shown they are bona fide major-league pitchers.
They're fair deals for everybody concerned. And obviously we have certain expectations in regards to each of them in terms of their contributions this coming season.
This is really a grind-it-out period.
There's no doubt, winning is the priority, and he's going to be fully supportive in achieving that goal. I think he's indicated that he's going to be open-minded about any proposals that are put forth.
It's real evident that he's genuinely passionate and really cares about this team and this city. That can only mean good things for this franchise.
Todd's going down there to make one mechanical adjustment in his delivery and he's also going down there to try to regain the feel for his split-finger fastball.
The overall productivity of the catching (a combined .271 with 28 homers and 108 RBIs) has surpassed our expectations.
People don't understand how remarkable it is that Junior came back from it. What he went through was a surgery [having three titanium screws attach his hamstring] that had never been done before on a baseball player. We weren't wondering what level Junior would be playing at. We were wondering if he'd even be back at all. That he's been playing at such a high level this season has been truly a wonder.
It'll be an ongoing focus from now through the end of the '06 season. Our first priority won't change.
Two words: deep disappointment. Obviously, anyone in this business would like the opportunity to see their plan to a conclusion.
North Haven is at a crossroad. If we are to live and grow, we must invest in that growth. If you poison the roots you kill the tree.