08/13/09 2:20 PM ET
Business as usual for Macha
Brewers manager focuses on the job through tough times
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
If Macha was worried about his job status, he was not letting on. "My third year in Oakland I had no contract for the next year and we were 15 games under .500 at the end of May," he said. "I could have been fired at any moment and I'm sure the media was calling for my head. It didn't affect the way I was going about my job. You can't let that happen."One reporter asked the manager if he thought the Milwaukee media was calling for his head. "I don't know, I don't read the paper," Macha said. "I can just tell by the intonation of every question you give me. ... I can tell by the intonation of your voice when you've asked me questions questioning either my lineup, why I'm playing people or what the mood of my club is, a bunch of those things. "You can ask," Macha added. "I didn't say whether asking that question or not is going to affect me. Go ahead and ask me those questions, I'm fine with that." The Brewers entered play Thursday 7 1/2 games behind division-leading St. Louis and 7 1/2 games behind Colorado in the National League Wild Card race.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.