So is this a telling comment from Ned post-game today?
"He was about as dominant as he could be for me today."
So much for a team's success being about the players instead of the manager. Ned was speaking of Sheets, of course, and to be fair he made some other congratulatory type of statements about Sheets and others surrounding the above comment. But this sentiment caught me as atypical of most managers, particularly the ones I most admire.
Maybe this should have occurred to me a long time ago, and probably it already has to many others who frequent this site and are smarter than I am. The kind of outlook implied above, that the games are all really about him, also offers an explanation for a lot of other decisions I saw made last year and apparently will see this year (such as Counsell starting 3 days per week): if the manager's pushig a lot of buttons game to game, inning to inning, and the team is winning, then the manager must be a genius, right? I'm getting the impression, perhaps far later than a I should have, that Ned may want to win, but he wants to win in a fashion that makes others acknowledge that he's as big of a genius as he thinks he is. That also explains his incredible rudeness and lack of patience with ANY question that suggests he could have done something differently, and frequently, with any questions at all.