Sunday, September 18, 2005

Way to back your player

Terry Francona takes some grief in Boston because he never will criticize one of his players publicly, no matter what the player does. This trait is one of the reasons players like playing for Francona. On that note, here's what Chicago bullpen coach Art Kusnyer had to say about Damaso Marte after Marte had an argument with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen:

''He wasn't mentally tough enough to go back to the basics because of his frustration. He comes in and attacks the manager, tells him that no one likes him and that type of thing. Where does that come from? That's like talk from a 7-year-old kid. It's like he ran out of ammunition and was backed into a corner, so he attacked Ozzie in a childish way. Do you want a pitcher who doesn't believe in himself?"

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