Maybe it's my imagination, but I think ever since the DFO left Dukes swinging in the wind, and then shipping him off to Siberia, the team as a whole has gone in the tank.
Perhaps the complete media screwjob on the kid, then the DFO's failure to protect the kid (and stand up to the media) has had a deep effect on the players- as I'm sure they knew the real story.
So, lets examine once again how a team can suffer financial losses due to a reckless, tabloid media: Player gets screwed over by press. Team fails to protect player, instead gives in to the screwjob, and further screws player. Teamates react by going into a funck, can't concentrate, can't hit, can't pitch, can't field (After all, they could be the next targets). Losing becomes an epidemic. Fans get frustrated-no longer show up. Club faces expenses without revenues. Club must either fold or move or sell.
Many thanks to the Times!
I heard next week the SPT will expose Delmon for throwing his hat in the clubhouse, and then farting in the direction of the SPT beatwriter! Robbie Neyer is expected to do a follow up column on the ESPN site. Stay Tuned!