"There's no doubt,'' he said. "When you're winning, you're having fun. When you're having fun, people have a skip in their step coming to the ballpark every day. This season has been a slog for us. We haven't been able to get hot. Four games over [.500] is our high-water mark and it seems that whenever we get going we hit a glass ceiling and go down. The culture is fine, but the atmosphere every day isn't quite as jovial. Weeks go by quickly when you're going well. It hasn't been that way this season. Every series, every week, every road trip has been just us up-down, up-down. It's not about culture. It's just how we're playing."