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Littlefield: Patience, Grasshoppers

Bucs Hope More Than One Hand Will Be Clapping At PNC In June

Dave Littlefield:

Regarding young players, he continued to stress patience.

"In general, yes, we will give these players a chance. But each player has specific differences than others relative to their skill level or performance record in the past. You're going to see young players, in general, struggle. That's the norm. Rare is the Jason Bay that comes in and performs consistently at a high level."

Littlefield's right, of course, but why is he being asked about young players? Are Jeromy Burnitz, Joe Randa, and Victor Santos not partially responsible for the Bucs' start? Why doesn't Littlefield need to stress patience with them?