MILWAUKEE John Axford was tired and frustrated, but he knew what came next.
He had always been transparent with the media, welcoming interviews that came to his locker near the front of the Brewers clubhouse. But lately, the questions had grown tiresome. He knew he had to face up to the struggles he and the rest of his bullpen had dealt with, something hed already had to own up to several times this season. But lately, after losing his closer job, the meetings with the media had gotten admittedly more agonizing.
With microphones and recorders in his face, Axford was noticeably frustrated. He had run out of words to explain his struggles or the struggles of his fellow relievers.
"It's tough to describe what's happening, especially after the run we had last year," Axford said on July 29, confounded by the same questions. "We can't explain it. Last year, when things were going great, they just kept going that way. If someone stepped in a hole, we pulled...