“You guys always want to know what the hell we talk about all the time, I’ll tell you pointblank what it is. All right, when the guys come to work on Wednesday, okay, and they bust their butt for you, and turn around on Thursday, and they’re all committed doing extras in position units, doing extras individually to get their body right, they’re doing everything going forward, okay, and they go out there and practice with good energy, good enthusiasm, and you know you’re in the right position right there, okay, you know you got that aspect going right there,” Judge said.
“I talk to the players all the time, guys. I talk to them very openly and transparently. We don’t even know have captains because a majority of our captains are no longer playing for the remainder of the season, so we do a leadership meeting now. I look at the guys at the end of the day and say, Guys, hey, listen, this is your time to talk to me, you speak for the team. You tell me what’s going on. You tell me, How’s the team? How’s the beat of the team? What do I got to be aware of? What’s something I don’t know? Because everyone always tells me what I want to hear, right?
“So I ask someone just individually, I ask a player, they’re going to tell me whatever I want to hear. I ask a coach the same type of thing. All right, I got to have a group of players who are going to look me in the eye, and they know I can tell Joe what exactly the hell is going on. So I got that core group of guys, right?”