Adam Laroche has alot to say these days, including firing back at Beltran statements earlier in the week about being swept by the pirates. Just a Recap of what he said:
“After we lose the first game, which I thought we were going to win, it really changed the tempo of how we were playing the game,” Beltran said. “Basically, the opposing team gained confidence and they came back and basically outran us.
“We have to find a way to play better, there’s no doubt. Overall. I’m not pointing fingers at anybody. Offense, defense, pitching — we have to find a way to play better. The reality of this is, coming here to Pittsburgh and being swept — personally, I feel embarrassed.”
“I don’t think it’s fun. We have to find a way to play better and to focus better and focus more on what we need to accomplish.”
“I know they’re a big league ballclub, but we’re better than them,” he said. “We’re better than them. We know we’re better than them, but we have to do something about it.”
“McLouth wasn’t there and they still come out and score how many runs? Eleven? Eleven runs,” Beltran said, waving his hands. “So we have to play better.”
“We have to take this personal, because this can’t happen,” he sputtered. “It can’t happen for us to come here and lose three games just like that. It can’t happen.”
Now after that episode, Mr. Laroche had a few choice words for Mr. Beltran:
“I think it shows zero class and zero professionalism,” LaRoche told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “When somebody says that, they know what they’re saying, and they know it’s going to get out. He knows we’re not going to be real happy about it. If you go and say that to your buddies, it’s one thing. If you go to the media and make that public for us to hear, yeah, that’s no class.
“You know, if we’re as bad as he says we are and we swept them, then what’s that make them?”
But on the trade by the Pirates that send Mclouth to the Braves for 3 prospects he had this to say:
“There ain’t a guy in here who ain’t [ticked] off about it”
“It’s kind of like being with your platoon in a battle, and guys keep dropping around you. You keep hanging on, hanging on, and you’ve got to figure: How much longer till you sink?
“It’s fine. Heck with it. We’re not the GM. We don’t run the team. If they feel like it’s the best move for three or four years from now, great,”
“Unfortunately, that does me no good. I’ve still got to be in here telling guys it’s going to be fine with Nate gone. Well, you can only do that for so long until guys just kind of … well, they know.”
So…i wonder what that says about the Pirates…well i guess they know.