Don Mattingly has been completely forthcoming with his feelings on how the Los Angeles Dodgers have been doing and what he feels is at fault for the losses.
Before Friday's game, he said:
“It's what I believe in the way the game of baseball should be played, the determination you're supposed to play with, the grit you're supposed to play with, the toughness you're supposed to play with. It's about respect for the game, it's respect to your teammates, it's respect to the organization, to the fans. Some of [the players] may like me, some of them may not like me, some of them may think I am full of crap. I don't care. I really don't. I just basically speak from my heart.”
As a spectator and a fan, it's hard to argue with that frame of mind.
And surprisingly, according to ESPN, sources say that Ned Colletti echos the things that Mattingly is saying.
This could explain why Mattingly doesn't care what he says anymore because his heart and passion for the game are all that he has left. He can't swing a bat for Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.
Stan Kasten said that he is still in on Mattingly and liked that he lit a fire under the team's butts, but Magic Johnson won't comment on it.