Don’t be too hard on Jon Papelbon for his remarks about a lack of leadership on the Philadelphia Phillies last season. He is dead-on correct. He nails the problem I had last season with players like Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino, even J-Ro.
No one – it seemed to me – stepped up to fill the void left by the absence of their injured stars/natural leaders. Someone to shake life into a team that wallowed in a state similar to the characters, Vladimir and Estragon in “Waiting for Godot“. Waiting for Someone to come along and show them the way.
Give Papelbon credit for seeing things like they were; recognizing his own role in the leadership void; and his promise to get more involved this year!
Nothing like a little honesty to set a tone for an important season!