If you read our blog regularly, you could probably accuse me (accurately) of perseverating. With the new changes in the organization and the clear and concise change in focus with the Cubs, the one person that stands out as potentially not fitting with that change is Alfonso Soriano.
Last wee, I posted that signs may indicate that we won’t see Soriano held to the same standards as the other players when it comes to things as simple as not standing and watching a warning-track shot. Well, to start your week off on the right foot, I’d like to share this Soriano quote with you. If you’ve seen Soriano play one game, you’ll find the humor in it.
I don’t like to be the leader. My teammates can see how I play hard and how I work. I think they can take that to the field. I don’t like to talk much. Just work hard and try to be better every day and try to win. That’s what I can take to the young guys here.” – Alfonso Soriano
Of course the part that made you chuckle is that Soriano sees himself as a hard worker, trying to improve his game on a daily basis. The sad part is that a player entering his 14th MLB season, and his sixth season with the Cubs, that will earn nearly $20 million this year, does not see himself as a leader and doesn’t want the added responsibility of being a leader to the youngsters of the organization. Then again, perhaps we don’t want him influencing the future of the organization.