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Athletes say the darndest things: Bill Hall

Today's JS has a feature piece written by Witrado on Bill Hall's thoughts on his struggles.  This entire thing is just quote gold.  Some wonderful snippets:

"I feel like with the way things are going, they don't have any confidence in me. I feel like I can do nothing to help this team right now."

Funny, every time you come up, I think the same thing.

"It's really hard to progress," Hall said. "You can ask anybody in here, my BP swing is good. But when I'm not having an opportunity to do it in a game - I might not get one at-bat for a week, then I have to face a guy like Johan Santana, it makes it that much harder. I have no timing, no sense of recognition. It's not like the cage.

I don't even know where to begin on this one.

"It's disheartening knowing that it's going to be another week to 10 days before I get another opportunity to play. I feel like I'm getting judged on every at-bat right now no matter who it's off, no matter how long it's been since I've gotten a chance to play. If I don't have a good at-bat, I feel like I'm pushed more to the back of the barrel. It makes me put a lot of pressure on myself. It's tough to play like that.

"Yeah, I feel like it's unfair."

When asked if he knows where to go from here, Hall says "no" and remains lost.

"More so than baseball players, we're still men," Hall said. "To be put in those situations, you kind of don't feel treated like you're a man, not knowing your role on the team. I don't have a designated role.

"So there's a lot of uncertainty. It's hard to prepare yourself to play when you don't know what's going on."

Great attitude there Bill E.  Macha rebutted his thoughts pretty well in the article.  Here are Macha's thoughts:

"He's part of the team still," manager Ken Macha said. "But there's other guys that have performed better, so I have to put the best lineup out there.

"He's had quite a few at-bats and the opportunity to put his name in the lineup. . . . Casey McGehee and Counsell have gone out there and done it.

"This is a game of production, and if we don't produce as a team and win games, I'm not going to be working."

Thank you for saving me the time Ken.

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