Twins manager Ron Gardenhire made sure to send a text to Eric Wedge on Thursday wishing him well. Wedge is sidelined while recovering from a mild stroke, and Gardenhire said the managerial fraternity, with just 30 members, is, in his words, “a band of brothers.”
“We all think about each other when something happens,’’ he said. “We’re very concerned about him and glad he’s doing OK and doing better.”
Perhaps only another manager can understand the stress of managing, and Gardenhire has done it for 12 years. He’s won six division titles, but the Twins are facing their third straight season of 90-plus losses.
“I kind of know first-hand,” Gardenhire said of the stress. “I’ve been sick a few times myself. It’s a stressful job, and you do a lot of thinking about it, and a lot of worrying about it.
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“There’s a lot more stressful jobs than ours. But you have to pay attention to your health.”
Asked how he dealt with the stress, the 55-year-old Gardenhire said: “You try to do the best you can with it. The job is what it is. There’s a lot of tense moments, and you’re going to have to deal with a lot of stuff. It’s not easy.
“You try to put it in perspective. It’s a baseball game. You try to help the guys out there do the best they can. But you don’t want to make yourself sick doing this.”
Thompson says Wedge ‘doing well’
Robby Thompson, the Mariners’ acting manager, said he talked to Wedge on Thursday.
“He’s doing real well. He sounded great,” Thompson said. “He’d just gotten back from one of his therapy things and said it went very well.
“Obviously, those kind of things are going to continue. It’s part of the process of him getting better and moving forward with it. But he sounded really good.”
Thompson said he didn’t talk much baseball with Wedge, who is leaving decisions on things like lineups and game strategy to Thompson and his staff, for the most part.
“He basically said, hey, he trusts in me and knows what I’m all about,’’ he said. “Myself and the rest of the staff will daily piece together our lineup. As of late, it’s been pretty easy. The lineup has been fairly steady each and every day, with maybe a change here or there.”
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