Found June 05, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
The defending NL West champion Arizona Diamondbacks are off to a rough start this year. They currently sit five games under .500 and nine games out of the division lead. As you might imagine, frustrations in the desert have been mounting. Today though, those frustrations all came to the surface, or at least they did for Arizona managing general partner Ken Kendrick who went on a George Steinbrenner-esque rant during a radio interview today. He started things off by taking injured shortstop Stephen Drew to task for what he perceives to be an unacceptably slow recovery from the grotesque ankle injury Drew suffered last season: You know, I’m going to be real direct about Stephen. I think Stephen should have been out there playing before now. And, frankly, I for one am disappointed. I’m going to be real candid and say I think Stephen and his representatives are more focused on where Stephen is going to be a year from now than going out and supporting the team that’s paying his sal...
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  • Haven't followed Drew's rehab that closely but it has been a long time. As for Upton, it's been obvious to me that he's got some kind of attitude problem, most obvious in his outfield play which has always been suspect. In the past week or so I've seen him loaf on three different pop flies that all should have been caught. He quits running 10 yards before he gets to the ball and then you see it drop 5 feet in front of him. Of course he is always among the league leaders in errors by outfielders which seems to be caused by a lack of focus but there can never be any excuse for lack of hustle.
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