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Continued: Santana's unhappiness doesn't bode well

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 5, 2007 - 2:47 AM

"They protect their young players. They protect their organization, their roots, everything. But I guess I won't be a part of it. A lot of guys don't feel like they can be part of it, and they have to move on."

Santana, Hunter and Nathan all said Tuesday that they won't let their trade deadline disappointment distract them from winning.

But without Castillo, who had two World Series rings and played through constant pain in a quest to win another, it will be different.

"I never give up," Santana said. "Me, personally, I never give up. It's over when the last game of the season's over. I don't know how these guys upstairs think. I'm expecting everybody else to do their jobs and help us win games because I've been so close to being in the World Series.

"A lot of these guys, they don't know. They're just happy to be here. Maybe that's how they like it upstairs, but I don't like it."

It was almost time for Santana's bullpen session.

"Every time I'm out there, I'm trying to win," he said. "And from seeing that we're not even trying from the top to the bottom -- I don't think it's a good sign. I don't think it's good at all."

Joe Christensen • jchristensen@startribune.com

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