Fresh off another disaster of a start, Jays catcher JP Arencibia knew just the right words to comfort struggling “ace” Ricky Romero.
“I just don’t see the fire, the Ricky that goes out there and wants to just, not literally, kill everybody that goes in the box,” he told reporters, including Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. “It’s tough to see him struggle out there because you know how hard he works, you know how much he cares. … It’s not that he doesn’t want to compete, it’s not that he doesn’t want to be good, it’s just that passive, kind of ‘here it goes again’ type of thing, and that I think is the biggest thing.”
I mean, even if you truly believe that kind of junk, why the hell are you saying it?!? About your team’s only healthy, non-shitty pitcher? When you’re getting out 74% of the damn time!!?!?
Sure, obviously there are mental aspects to the game, and Romero wouldn’t be the first pitcher that we’ve heard needs to “trust his stuff” better, but… what year is this? Beating the piss out of the will-and-desire horse is still seriously worth doing? You’re going to throw your best pitcher under the bus with the most worn out, meaningless, eye-roll inducing cliches imaginable?
And… um… if fire is the key to not struggling, I dunno, maybe we could stand seeing some more fire from the worst qualified offensive catcher in the Majors?
Of course, that’s all totally bullshit, but… y’know… just sayin’.
Anyway, let’s see how a real pro handles the situation:
“There are some tangible [improvements] you can point to when compared to his last outing,” said John Farrell, according to Davidi’s piece. “What we’re trying to convey to Ricky, and for him to get his arms around, is that this isn’t a matter of looking at his body of work through the first half, looking at an ERA, it’s about executing from pitch to pitch. And first pitch strikes were greatly improved, the action to his changeup for the most part was much better, he threw a greater number of curveballs that had consistent depth and shape, so from those comparisons, it was an improvement.”
“Is it where the end result is going to be?” he added. “No, it’s not.”
Much better, no?
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