Thursday, October 1, 2009

Strange day

Wednesday was one of the more awkward days I've spent in the Indians' clubhouse. The Manager and all the coaches had been fired, but everyone tried to go about their business as though nothing had happened. If you'd just walked in there for the first time you'd never have guessed the drama that took place over the previous 24 hours.

In situations like this the media tends to go to the veteran players to get their reaction to the news, but veteran players are almost non-existent in the Indians' clubhouse. Except for Travis Hafner, Jamey Carroll, Kelly Shoppach, and Grady Sizemore, almost none of the other players had been on the team all year.

It was s difficult day for everyone. The players, especially the rookies, didn't know quite how to act. The coaches talked to reporters and said all the right things. Wedge spoke during a press conference and said all the things you figured he'd say.

Regardless of how you feel about Wedge as a manager, his comportment and demeanor during the last couple of weeks was expemplary, especially given that he was all but certain that he was going to be fired. Still, Wedge answered all the questions from the media, even those that referenced next season, as though he was not only going to be the manager through the end of this season, but into next year as well - even though both parties (the media and Wedge) knew that was a longshot.

All around it was a very strange 10 days. There is no handbook for how a manager should act when he knows he is probably going to get fired, but if there was, Wedge would be a good choice to write it.


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