It doesn’t happen often. But, a few times a year, I’ll write a game story and then head down to the clubhouse for quotes, and what the players and managers say doesn’t sync with what I’ve written. In fact, it can be the opposite.
That's OK, because I am not writing for the players or coaching staff – they'll all tell you they never read what we write anyway. (I think a player would get put on the union's double-secret probation list if he admitted to a reporter that he read what he or she wrote.)
But sometimes the clubhouse context surprises me.
Tuesday was one of those nights. The
The defense again looked rough – particularly
Ugly and sloppy I called it.
But when we entered the clubhouse, manager
Several players called it "a great team win."
There was nothing great about the individual performances. I know that.
But the point – for the players and staff – is that it was great because they won. And because maybe they shouldn't have. And frankly, in years past, that's a game they lose. In Fenway, with the Red Sox against the ropes and the Orioles in a tailspin. No doubt that's usually a loss.
And certainly that type of victory has some significance – though I don't know ultimately how much.
It was a sloppy game, a hard one to watch and write about.