Monday, April 25, 2011

Milo, on Lance

Captip to Zach Levine for the link, but Milo went off on Lance Berkman on SportsTalk 790:

"I want to know, if a guy gave you $85 million, and that's what Drayton did in the last contract...and he said, 'This is your team,' and he said that...wasn't in his persona, to be a leader. Yet last night, Tony LaRussa - when asked about Berkman - 'He's now the leader on this team, he is the inspiration to the older players, he goes around an inspires the younger players," and he got in excellent shape by hiring a trainer. If he had done that the last couple of years that he was here, guys, he could have finished out a really fine career in Houston if he had given it that same dedication. I just want a simple answer - why did you think it wasn't necessary to get in shape your last couple of years as an Astro, but now for team you didn't even know, a manager you never played for, you felt it was your responsibility to get in great shape?

...Lance, I love ya. You've got a great family, you're one of the greatest ministers in all of sports...but wouldn't it have been great to have given it that same dedication to the Astros and the owner here that you did in two short months for the Cardinals?"

That's just a snip, but it's well worth a listen, and an answer.

11 comments:

Andrew said...

Fair criticism, and I hope that at least one of our hometown reporters has the balls to go and ask him what Milo wants to find out.

JuntionJack Axe said...

Lance started the season on the DL last year and was dealing with a knee issue most the year. I think that played a big part of the drop off. He put up good numbers the season prior. Then factor in you play for an awful team who just lets Carlos ooze into a uniform with ZERO accountability and I think the culture of the organization had more to do with this then anything else

Brian said...

I understand what Milo is saying but at the same time Drayton wasnt doing his part. The Astros havent been trying to win in 4 years and Berkman knew this. Why go out and kill yourself if you know you arent going to win and you know your owner doesnt care about winning.

Andrew said...

Because thats what you are being paid to do: Perform at your highest level possible.

Milo hit the nail on the head though with the leadership part. When Bags and Biggio retired it was his team and his clubhouse and his attitude about it was terrible. Case in point is how well the team played after he and Roy departed. What Milo was saying is why didn't he take the team leader role more seriously?

Obviously getting traded was a wakeup call for him and it renewed his competitive spirit but it shouldn't have come to that, and that is what Milo is saying.

AstroBrit said...

I have to agree with Junction Jack, the knee issues to start off the year were much overlooked on Lance's performance. Older players sometimes struggle mightily if they don't get a proper ST under their belt.

If only we had an option on Lee for 2011 and we could have cut him instead.

There's a grain of truth in a lot of the things that are being said, but I don't like the timing of Milo's 'attack'.

If he were Pablo Sandoval fat last year maybe, but geez, its' like attacking Morgan Ensberg all over again for playing with a bum shouler.

John Royal said...

I partly agree with Milo. I wrote as such last year. But Milo's a lazy, incompetent hack who's been half-assing it for about 25 years now. He can criticize Berkman's performance the next time he a) gets through a game without talking about his lunch and b) gives the ball/strike count, batter, inning, and score at least once during a game.

Warren said...

Can't stand Milo but he is right on here. The rest of you guys can stop making excuses for Berkman. He was fat and out of shape last year. The injury played a minor role in his failures. The bottom line is that he did not put out a full effort last year. If you can not give 100 per cent every year just because you do not like your team you are essentially laying down. I was a Berkman supporter until last year but do not have much respect for him now. Berkman is at least honest about himself most of the time. Go back and read some of his own comments about his attitude last year. It is a long year. Will Berkman stay healthy and productive for the whole year?

Terence said...

I was saying this before Milo opened his mouth, but Berkman has somehow lost all 12 years worth of goodwill from me in 8 months. All he could talk about after leaving was how glad he was to be playing in a place where winning mattered. Then after the Astros didn't just turn around and throw money at Him, he went and did something he had NEVER done before. Hire a personal trainer and go on a diet. Now he's playing some of his best baseball ever for our divisional rivals. Why should I possibly appreciate Lance Berkman. If he had done last offseason what he did this offseason, he would not have showed up for ST fat and out of shape. He would not have injured himself the first week of ST, and He would still be an Astro. And we would be paying him alot more than the Cardinals are right now. He had six years of watching Bagwell and Biggio lead the clubhouse. Somewhere in that timespan he should have gotten a clue about what it means to be a leader. I also don't want to hear anything about organizational apathy. Berkman was the highest paid employee in the organization. This offseason, the only articles the Astros were writing were ones like this: this is the leadership the Astros needed. http://houston.astros.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110112&content_id=16427582&vkey=news_hou&c_id=hou

Terence said...

http://houston.astros.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110112&content_id=16427582&vkey=news_hou&c_id=hou

Terence said...

I don't know why that link doesn't want to work. It's from the astros website in the news archives from Jan 12. It talks about how Pence, Wandy, Myers, Johnson, and others are working out MMP every day doing circuit training.

Anonymous said...

I can't disagree with Milo more. Lance is able to put a lot into the Cardinals, because the team cares about what he does. Plus, he's fighting for his roster spot every step of the way here, even getting benched against lefty pitchers. Also, in Houston, he was expected to be the clubhouse leader, the public face of the franchise, and the most potent offensive producer. He has none of that pressure here in STL. He's free to be himself and have fun with expectations to be the third or fourth best hitter and not appearing on any street banners.

It's two different worlds, and Milo is an old hack who has no right to question the motivation of a man he can't hold a candle to in sheer awesomeness.