Joe Maddon Yells At Team; Talks Complete Nonsense To Media

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gibberish.jpgWe've had some fun with Joe Maddon around here. We've made fun of his emo glasses, we've called him a yuppie, and I've said privately that he's probably really into arugula. I've never thought of the man as particularly intense, just kind of a hip baseball grandpa. But apparently he let down the cool guy facade and directed a minor tirade at his team this weekend.

For the first time in his three-season reign, Maddon ripped into his team, delivering a brief but pointed message. Several players said he was obviously "hot,'' another described him as "borderline irate - for Joe."

"It was something that really needed to be said,'' LHP Scott Kazmir said. "It really needed to be said.''

The fiery speech was brief, less than two minutes, but very much to the point.
Way to tear it up, Joseph. Since these things are usually held behind closed doors it's always tough to get a grasp on what was said, but Maddon tried to shed a little light on his state of mind.

"I've done it on an individual basis, and I still believe that's the right way to do it. But at some point it had to be done within the group, because you can lose a pennant by one game, and I've been there. Every game matters, every game counts, every play counts. The assumptionists of the world, I would like to eradicate. I want to eradicate assumptionism.''

Maddon's message was a reinforcement of what it is on the inspirational T-shirts he distributed earlier this season, that it takes nine players playing hard to nine innings to be one of the eight teams that make the playoffs. "9 = 8, or else we ain't going there,'' he said Sunday.
Someone either slipped something in his San Pellegrino or he's unprepared for success. That wasn't even English, Keith. That was like Esperanto or some language twins teach each other.

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I always assume that the Rays are going to lose. Eradicate THIS, Joe!

I want to eradicate assumptionism

You have my support Joe on this truly noble cause.

Dusty Baker likes to assume eradication. But he thinks "eradication" means something else entirely.

When you're an assumptionist, you make an "ass" of "u" and "grampa"

Is assumptionism most like existentialism, minimalism, or imperialism? Discuss.

I want to eradicate assumptionism.
That's presumptuous of you.

"It was something that really needed to be said,'' LHP Scott Kazmir said. "It really needed to be said.''

Kazmir wants to proliferate repetition.

9 > 8

@CTC
He needs to go the Department of Redundancy Department

/Lame joke my Dad always says

I always thought assumptionism was a form of artwork that never caught on, like a baroque paint-by-numbers.

All I can say is... six two and even.

- Joe Morgan (not the Red)

All I can say is... six two and even.

- Joe Morgan (not the Red)

All I can say is... six two and even.

- Joe Morgan (not the Red)

@ BC Twins Fan: +1 (=18)

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