GM John Dorsey is seduced by a right arm that can whistle missiles through any Lake Erie wind even while he sits behind Tyrod Taylor in 2018.
Steve Tisch is conferenced into the war room from Hollywood: “What are our scouts telling us about his table manners?” GM Dave Gettleman tells the media: “Ain’t no guarantee he’ll be a Hall of Famer now. But I’ll tell ya this: Kid’s got the intangibles and a nice ahm.” He’ll sit behind Manning for as long as it takes for Pat Shurmur and Mike Shula to develop him.
Kapler’s career résumé runs the gamut of personal experiences and clubhouse perspectives. He broke into pro ball as a 57th-round draft pick in 1995 with the Detroit Tigers and emerged as the organization’s top prospect. He reached the majors at age 23, logged an .833 OPS with the Texas Rangers at 24, was rewarded with a three-year contract and then was demoted to the minors and traded before the deal ran its course. He was released multiple times but also contributed to a championship run as a bench player on the 2004 Red Sox. His managerial influences include Johnny Oates, Terry Francona, Joe Maddon and Clint Hurdle, among others.
“My mom came to me one day and asked me — she didn’t really ask, she was just in tears — ‘What are you doing with your life? Why do I have to go around and get this secondhand of words and conversations of the negative things you’re doing around the world that’s coming back to me?’” Manziel said of the emotional plea.
“And I saw how bad that it broke her heart, and it sucked. And it really hit home.”
Manziel said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a little over a year ago and admitted to “self-medicating with alcohol” during a recent sit-down with “Good Morning America,” but the former Aggies quarterback told the media Tuesday he is in an emotionally sound place.
“I can’t do what I want to do football-wise if I don’t do what I need to do mental health-wise,” Manziel said at the Texas A&M’s pro day, according to ESPN. “If I’m not going to see a psychiatrist and a psychologist at least a couple times a week and if I’m not taking my medicine every day that I need to take, then I’m not the same person, and I see it. So first things first. I can’t be me without doing the necessary steps that I need to do to keep my head right.”