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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:16 pm 
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Manager Defends Dogface, Upset at Bats

Is Bret Richards Going Psycho?

There’s nothing like a losing streak to build the stress, eh?

Normally mild-mannered Bret Richards erupted after the Nine lost to Charm City in 18 innings, kicking chairs and scattering scouting reports and DVDs across the floor. He pounded the walls, and screamed at the players, mostly focusing on the offense, which admittedly hasn’t been very offensive lately. Or has, depending on your point of view. Richards also whipped his hat off and threw it across the room, nearly hitting Steven Gibbons in the eye with its sharp bill.

“For a minute there, I thought I was in a James Bond film,” Gibbons quipped afterward.

“No comment,” he said to reporters in a press conference afterward.

Insiders say the incident was triggered when Richard returned to the clubhouse and saw starter Jose "Dogface" Chavez taking a whirlpool treatment. “The guy’s only given up three goddamned runs in his last 13 innings, and we can’t get him a goddamned win!” Richards was heard to boom. Chavez, one of several front-runners for the Frick League’s Nebraska award, has suffered a loss and a no decision in his last two outings, despite striking out 16 hitters in those 13 innings, walking only , and dropping his ERA and FIP even further.

“It’s not just the bats,” said closer David Cantu as he nursed a tweaky back. “It’s the pen, too. We could have locked down the game earlier today.”

Fans concur. The blame game can go on forever, but ultimately most seem stuck on the manager again, a situation Richards has been in before—facing a one-year deal that has yet to be picked up, and trying to steer a ship to the Promised Land. The difference this year is that the Madison Wolves are ripping of a monumental series of wins, and that’s making life difficult for the Nine. While this has been happening, the Nine have lost six straight.

Richards met with the team early the next day and apologized.

Whether it helps is yet to be seen.

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