Credit to Willis: He talked
I’ll probably go through more than a handful of times over the course of a season and point out when someone wasn’t available for comment, or declined to comment, or didn’t make himself available. Rarely do I give the reverse. So especially in this case, as all the criticism is coming down on Dontrelle Willis, I wanted to give him credit. He stayed until after the game and he talked. In fact, he stayed through the rain delay, through all those innings after he was done with one of his worst starts, and then he stayed after the game and talked — to two separate groups of reporters — until every last question had been asked and answered.
I can think of more than one occasion this year where players haven’t stuck around after a loss, or they’ve been short, or they’ve just been a pain. Willis stayed and he talked. He answered every last question. He didn’t pull out any excuses. He didn’t pull out a list of one-word answers to get people away. And he took all the picking apart of one miserable night for him. When you hear people in the media talk about a go-to player, that’s what a go-to player does.