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Mark Reynolds: In My Own Words...

"It seems like we get down one or two runs and no one [cares] anymore ... This is the Major Leagues. You can't go out there and make three errors a night and expect to win a game. We look like the Bad News Bears out there and it's frustrating. It's to the point where stuff's got to change... You can give all the rah-rah speeches you want and have all the team meetings you want and yell at guys, but guys have got to [care]. I don't really see it. I know I care. I'm out there busting my tail every night trying to win. Physical errors are fine, but guys loafing, guys not being where they're supposed to be or guys giving up on ABs, it's not acceptable at any level."

"You've got to give it to Fowler. He was hustling. He made us make a play and we didn't make it and he ended up scoring. It seems like we've had a lot of that lately. J-Up should have been over there, I should have been over there backing it up. He just made a good play and we didn't. I feel sorry for the fans, for A.J., because he's trying to do everything he can to get us to snap out of this. We're not responding. It's a poor effort and it feels like night in and night out it's the same old song. It's just not fun to be in this clubhouse right now. I don't know what it's going to take to change it. It's frustrating, and I don't know what else to say."

"We get behind a run and, oh, here we go again. We lose focus. We don't play hard. It's like everyone is up there for themselves ... It's very frustrating. The effort's there when we're winning or when we're blowing somebody out, people are having fun. If it's 7-1, 7-0, guys are out there playing hard, having fun. It's easy to do that when you're winning or when you're on a winning streak or 20 games over .500. When you're in the cellar like we are, it's embarrassing. I know we have a better team than that, but we're not showing it. It's frustrating and it's embarrassing."

[Link - Though the actual speech as delivered by Reynolds included a good number of words which were clearly not prepared to included on their website!]