"The first [thing Colby said] was that he really loved the way Mark McGwire was approaching helping him and that he thought Mark was going to be a big help for this team hitting wise. He said Mark wanted to learn his swing before making any adjustments rather than making wholesale changes like has been the usual pattern each spring. This was huge to Colby because he had really lost alot of faith in the hitting help he had received each year. Kudo's to Mark."
I do find that very interesting. I was banging the drum on Hal McRae being less than stellar as a hitting coach loud and long last season, and to hear it from someone at least peripherally connected to what's going on in the organisation is very, very gratifying.
"And with that he said, 'This year's gonna be fun where last year was miserable.' Kudos to Matt."
See, now that's just the sort of thing I'm talking about when I say I can't understand how this isn't a problem. It's great that Colby is excited about having Matt Holliday on board, and it's great the clubhouse seems to be progressing nicely (to borrow a phrase from spring trainings past), but at no point should Colby saying in a private conversation to his father, "last year was miserable," be put out there for public consumption. It's just going to cause problems in the long run. There's absolutely no upside to that sentiment becoming public knowledge.
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