I am amazed that this is such a debate. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly understand Sam Perlozzo’s stance on this, but there is a reason his job security is in question. Sam can say what he wants to say, this team is playing in a "funk." As a consumer, that’s what I was tonight, I’m not satisfied with the effort put forth by this club.
In fact, I’m a consumer about 25-30 times a year. I haven’t stopped attending. I haven’t stopped paying to get in. Yes, I attend several games as a member of the media. That’s only when I go by myself. But on the other occassions that I enter those gates, I’m Robert Long the family man. That man isn’t satisfied. That man is frustrated. That man wants to know what this team plans do to become a contender.
I don’t want the "status quo." This team has to plan to win, not just plan to play. I don’t feel they do that. I don’t feel that they are looking to make the play-offs. I can’t understand that position at all. I can’t accept that position either. I won’t ignore them, or shut up, or wait until football season. As much as I love the NFL, I won’t become its prisoner.
I understand, some of you are of the belief that it isn’t Perlozzo, it’s the players. My question is what player. Is it Miguel Tejada? He’s stuck on two homeruns and 18 rbi. Is it Corey Patterson? He has a on base percentage under .300. What about the entire bullpen? Can we blame them too?
There’s no way you can get rid of all of those players. Joe Torre has only won four World Series titles, and there’s talks that his job is on the line. The Yankees expect to win titles, and he hasn’t won since 2000. Yet, we can’t understand why Perlozzo’s getting called out. I guess we shouldn’t have the same expectations as the Yankees. Maybe not, but that’s why we don’t have their success.