I think Jack is trying to get a message to Jose that management is not thrilled with his work ethic and he needs to show up in shape and mentally ready.
The Post-Gazette Hot-Stove discusses the importance of Duffy in the lineup and how he is handling the pressure. Side notes cover:
- Yankees at PNC in 2008?
- Torres good will.
- Freddy gets the biggest pop.
- Snell is really glad LaRoche is a teammate.
- Shane Youman
- 12 man pitching staff again.
- 2007 committed payroll numbers.
- Winter Caravan Schedule.
- 19 days to Pitchers and Catchers.
In my 5 keys post, I pretty much say the same thing. Needless to say I agree with the perception Duffy, or the leadoff position, must be successful for the Pirates to be successful. More to come on this later today.
Pirates.com has an article recapping/covering the Players Q&A at PirateFest.
I would like to apologize for my lack of insight lately, I injured my hand and it is making it difficult to do more in depth posts, typing kills.