Rosecrans has a very nice quote from Dusty Baker today.Ã‚Â Speaking about Young Master Bailey:
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not easy being Homer.Ã‚Â ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen it 1,000 times, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not easy being that Mr. Everything, CanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t-Miss kid. No matter what you doÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I learned a long time ago, the most dangerous word for a young kid is potential. If they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do great, then no matter what they do, they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t reach that potential. Some guys take longer to get it than other guys, for whatever the reason.
What is Homer, 21? This dudeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s barely drinking age, you know what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m saying? There are kids in college that havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even signed a contract yet that are still pitching and Homer already has this experience already. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the thing, letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not forget, this dude is three years ahead of whoever is going to be in this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s draft.
He may not be where you want him to be or where we want him to be or where he wants to be right now, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still ahead of the program. Three or four years from now, you might have another thought process, but right nowÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m big on what a guy does compared to his graduating class. And you know, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like a freshman playing against seniors. Some freshmen come in and play like seniors, and others have to wait until theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re seniors.
This is why they hired the guy.Ã‚Â Dusty makes a lot of dumb statements, but he’s damn good at handling people.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Here, he’s taking steps to ease Mr. Homer into the reality that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll likely be starting the season in Louisville.Ã‚Â Good managing.Ã‚Â