How does all the losing effect the Bucs?
The Pirates are 57-103 this season with two games remaining. A disappointing season for the organization, but how does all the losing effect the young players? And how do they stay positive and battle every day?
“I see guys who have winning attitudes,” Beasley said. “Walker and Tabata have been comfortable all along, and Pedro, you’re starting to see that now, too. The game’s starting to slow down for him a little. But these are all winning guys, and that’s what’s gotten them through this. And what you can see now is that these are the players who are going to penetrate that for our team as a whole. That’s exciting.”
“Sometimes, it hurt,” Tabata said of the record. “I know I’m hitting good. At the same time, I’m feeling bad for the team losing. I don’t know how to explain that. I wanted, in my first year in the big leagues, a lot of wins. And now, it’s like … wow. But I’m looking for next year to be better. I really am.”
“In anything that you do, you learn a lot more from failure than succeeding,” Walker said. “We’ve all had that feeling of being in ballgames and not feeling like you’re going to come back. But I think that adversity, that grind-it-out mentality, that’s going to help us down the road. Obviously, there’s a lot of talent here. And the people in here believe in each other. We’ve had six weeks here where we could have shut it down or thought about ourselves individually, and that hasn’t happened. We’ve played pretty good baseball, stayed together.”
“You still have to compete,” Alvarez said. “That’s the one thing that you can control, how hard you compete. But I like to win. We all like to win and, hopefully, that’s coming.”