Jim Sundberg talks, tweets what went wrong

October, 11, 2012
10/11/12
10:52
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Texas Rangers senior executive VP Jim Sundberg took to Twitter on Wednesday night and then chatted on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Ben & Skin Show on Thursday about what went wrong in the final weeks and his take on the club as a whole.

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Sundberg was commenting on various aspects of the club on Twitter, including what he noticed about the vibe in the clubhouse prior to Friday's AL wild-card loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Part of that tweet:

"Per - game clubhouse atmosphere was not good. Did not have confidence in game. Couldn't report."

Sundberg was asked to talk about that on the radio today. He said he remembers the clubhouse being quiet in 1985 prior to Game 5 of the World Series when he played for Kansas City. The Royals won that game and eventually came all the way back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. Sundberg said it's hard to determine how the atmosphere might "play itself out" in a game.

"At the time, it just didn’t seem like our lively group of guys," Sundberg said. "(It) could be that they were introspective and doing a lot of thinking. When we got on the field, we didn’t play like our normal selves."



Sundberg also tweeted about how difficult it is to play a full baseball season, especially after a couple of deep playoff runs.

His tweet: "Unless you have ever attempted to play 162 g in 180 days, not including 30 spring games and post season will one understand grind"

"No player was complaining, in fact our guys were stellar," Sundberg told Ben & Skin. "They were playing with some soreness and injuries and they were grinding it out as you need to do. But as a former player and stepping back, it is tough."

Sundberg remembers catching a bunch of games and then playing winter ball, spring training and doing it all over again. And he remembers that his offense suffered in the process.

"It’s tough," Sundberg said. "Physically, mentally, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. You have to be young to do it. You basically play ball, rest, eat and you get ready for the next game."



Sundberg expressed confidence that the Rangers' front office will get things figured out for 2013 and that the club will bounce back. He did that through three tweets:

"Remove April great record, inter league play record. It exposes our work during off season. We will figure it out"

"1 consistency in sports: when things go well, everyone on board. Problems occur, tendency to blame. We will rise above because of character"

"Many in the front office who I admire put in 75 hour work weeks when Team in town. Baseball is great, fun, but tough"

You can follow Jim Sundberg -- @backstop10 -- on Twitter.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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