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Jason Bonsignore interview
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09-01-2011, 11:50 AM
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Messier also missed a flight and was sent to the minors. Sather was known to give the sugar as a reward but he was not afraid to give the whip when he felt he needed to.
That's kind of my point, we tend to remember the Boys on the Bus as a group that only experienced good times but that was not the case. In the early days they were a team - and were players - with question marks and problems just like every other team.
Now whether they became a product greater than their sum or were a collection of exceptionally gifted players - unlikely to be seen again - is an unkown but either way they definately did go through some growing pains.
I remember a story about Sather telling Messier that he had no heart after a particularily poor playoff game. It made Messier cry because Sather cut to the very core of how Messier identified with himself.
Would that be considered less of a critisism, an equal critisism or a greater critisism than telling an out of shape player he was fat? I guess that's up to the individual to decide but it goes back to the core issue.
Messier had the back bone and fortitude to push beyond the head games and challenges where as Bonsignore clearly didn't.
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