Time Is Now For Rickie Weeks
Photo Courtesy Of Allen Fredrickson
Hang in there Rickie… hang in there!
I know this is not easy to write because easy to write is bury him, he has under-performed even by his standards this baseball season statistics wise. Easy to write is let’s just play Ray Durham, everyday we will be better if we do, easy to write is Ned Yost protects him too much and now has to make him accountable…more and more he makes too many mistakes at too many times in to many big moments, Rickie doesn’t get on base enough. I hear it all, from some more than others.
All of that has merit, all of it does no point in trying to argue it does not when it does. There are other things that have merit too in this conversation of Rickie Weeks, the biggest being to me if you believe in the short term and long haul that Rickie is not the answer at second base, understand that the people who are trying to win and bring a pennant back to the Milwaukee Brewers since 1982 do not agree with you. Rickie is the victim to a certain extent of his own immense talents, the rapid success of a few of his teammates, self applied pressure to make everything perfect as well as the hype of being the number 2 overall draft pick.
When you look at Rickie and where he has come from, but where he was projected to be it is about right, if you really balance it out and are objective and fair about what he has done in his brief four year major league career for the Brewers. Look at his numbers and compare them to others that have become multi all-star 2nd basemen, it takes more time for some than others, that doesn’t excuse some things that should not and cannot happen. Rickie has to be more consistent in the field late in games, patient at the plate and not make the type of mental mistakes we have seen in recent games on the base paths.
He is still been a huge part of the Brewers team recent success, more than he can be blamed directly for certain failures of the team. Accountability becomes more of a issue when your team gets good enough that it matters if and when they make mistakes. Rickie Weeks is a front line guy for the Milwaukee Brewers, has to be held as accountable as Ben Sheets, Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, CC Sabathia, Bill Hall and others. But in the process of doing that don’t lose perspective of what he brings to the team.
Ill take talent, every time and 2 times on Sundays. Talent can be taught, skill most times just can’t take it to next level. Second comes success and the impact of what that talent brings in terms of success, I know we have had some hard working, smart and skilled guys play in this town over the years, but when you combine that with the best talent then you have something big time, Rickie has the talent and is hard working and smart, he just has to be more consistent.
As the mouth piece for certain athletes, I know the easy way out was to bury 23 of the Brewers like a few of my colleagues in the media are and some fans are doing too,which is their right to do. All I will say is what I say to Rickie; “Hang in there”, and Brewers fans believe you will truly reap the benefits in the short haul of the rest of this season and long haul of future seasons.
And for those that think it is time for him to go, you serve a purpose too… motivation! I can’t wait for him to shut you up, here or someplace else which I believe he will do big time. We will revisit the journey of Rickie Weeks soon.
Steve Haywood, Host of “That Being Said”
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