Snyder: Time to get on board
PHOENIX — Chris Snyder was one of players closest Bob Melvin so it’s no surprise that he had trouble dealing with Melvin’s firing last week.
After a meeting with new manager A.J. Hinch, Snyder said it’s time to move forward.
“I had a good talk with him,” Snyder said. “He was understanding of the relationship that I had with Mel and it was a good talk. I had the day going back and forth and the wonders and everything. Then you come to the park today and the one thing that was going through my head was ‘Why the heck not?'”
Melvin’s popularity with his players combined with Hinch’s lack of managing or coaching experience means the new skipper will need to earn the respect of his new charges. Snyder, though, set the tone for that Saturday.
“The 25 guys in this room still have to go out there and play,” Snyder said. “That [the managerial change] has been made. There’s a new guy at the top. Play for him like you’d play for anybody. It’s one of those things where if we want this, if we want to right this ship, we’ve got to trust him. He told us he was going to be very demanding and he’s going to push us. He said he’s going to be demanding and driven. It’s time to go, man. It’s time to go play. Let’s put our trust in him. I’ll be the first one to say it. Here we go.”
Hinch showed his sense of humor during his pregame session with the media Saturday.
“I have experience now,” he joked with one game under his belt. “Still proud of the double switch and the argument.”
In fact, the game was actually the most relaxing part of the day for Hinch.
As he drove home Friday night, he said he replayed the key points of game over and over in his mind, but sleep came relatively easily.
“When I went to bed last night I think it was a little more about a breath of air after a long day of high emotion, high stress,” he said.
No doubt getting a public show of support from one of the team’s leaders also will help put him at ease a bit.
“If it’s going to take someone to come out and say screw it, let’s go. I’ll be the first one. I’m on board. We’ve got to get everybody on board. We have to believe the decision was made for a reason and the more we question it the more time goes by. We need to focus on what’s going on on the field. The sooner everybody in here can say I’m on board let’s go, the better off we’ll be.”