I know there have been a lot of fans writing you and asking for AJ's head on a platter. I have not been one of those till now. Josh Byrnes is an other story and I am glad to see Josh Byrnes came out taking ownership of the situation. I was hoping he would take it a step further but that didnt happen.
There were two calls that should have gotten AJ out of that dugout last night and in the umpires faces....
When those umpires blew that ground rule double call and AJ DID NOT come flying out of that dugout and get in their face......to me that shows the lack of passion and desire he has for winning. Tommy Lasorda, Lou Pinella, Tony La Russa even BOMEL would have been in their face for that blown call. I dont know what he was thinking or not thinking but to me there was no excuse for not showing some emotion in that situation. It was a more than obvious that they blew the call. You were there I saw you and Gonzo sitting in the stands. Any other manager in the major leagues would have gotten tossed. Derrick come on if that doesnt tell you a change needs to be made in that dugout I dont know what does. His team plays with the same passion and desire he exhibits.... NONE!!
The other call was that third strike call on Upton. The replay showed it was obviously low....Justin got upset...Justin showed more emotion than AJ did. If the players don't feel like their manager has their back in those situations how hard are they gonna play for him? How much fire are they gonna show? If there is no fire from the one that's supposed to be leading this team, than what do you think you are going to get from the players?
I respect you... I value your judgement but in talking to alot of the fans...the fans that are LOOKING FOR REFUNDS ON SEASON TICKETS...LOOKING TO BOYCOTT THE GAMES...they all feel the same way. I understand you cant make judgements based on what fans think...but if the attendance continues to drop because those same fans feel like they are not getting their moneys worth. Whats the next move? You guys made all those awesome improvements to the stadium; the "ALL YOU CAN EAT" section..."uptoWn," the interactive sections for the kids...whats gonna happen if there are no kids to take advantage of those things...no one to eat in the "All You Can Eat" section...what if uptoWn is empty. I gotta tell you being disabled and at home all the time, I'm in the Message Board rooms a lot. You have a lot of die hard fans in there that are ready to jump ship and just give up on the Dbacks period. They are pretty upset about the lack of energy and passion that this team displays.I feel like I have a pretty good pulse of what the fans are thinking. AJ is not the one that should be grooming these young players. He is not exhibiting the fire and passion it takes to win on a daily basis.
I heard your radio interview again this week and I complelley agree that the changes to be made have to be done correctly. After last night I think AJ sent a message loud and clear to his players. If that was a situation to not get upset over than I can not think of one.
Derrick for the sake of the franchise ...for those guys in the dugout....get them someone who will light a fire of passion again...get them someone who the players will want to play for. Make the obvious change that needs to be made.