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  • October 3rd, 2011

    October 3, 2011:
    F.U.B.A.R…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:33 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Holy Buckets! I have a million and one things rambling around in the thought locker, and it seems that every day, there are MORE negative/bad/ undesirable things that comes out about the Boston Red Sox–and its sucks…

    So, in the spirit of total discombobulation, let’s do some random thoughts, ’cause that is pretty much all I got these days…

    1. As the Sox continued their collapse for all of September, I, for one, never even had an inkling that Terry Francona would be leaving–I guess I am naive, but since it really wasn’t HIS fault, why should he have to pay the price? But pay the price he did–and whether he asked out, or they pushed him out, he handled it with all the class and decency we have come to expect from Tito Francona–and my only hope is that he goes to a team we don’t have to see very often–it will be heartbreaking to see him manage a team against the Sox…

    2. And now the million dollar question is: Who fills those shoes? There aren’t too many managers out there that can say that they managed a high profile, high pressure team for 8 years, and made it to the postseason 5 times, with 2 of them World Series Wins. And folks, please stop it with the Joe Torre stuff–yes, he won a bunch of WS with the Skanks, but I was never super impressed with his managing skills–and besides, he has a high muckity muck job with Major League Baseball. Don’t get me wrong–I like Joe Torre, and think the Skanks royally shafted him, I just don’t want him as the Manager of the Boston Red Sox…I also don’t want Bobby Valentine–in any of his disguises.

    3. I was very disappointed to hear that there was such disjointedness in the clubhouse, moving back to the 25 player/25 cabs of earlier eras. We have all heard a bunch of rumors about how Tito didn’t feel this team had each others backs, or really cared about each other. I want to know who they are–although we all will probably be very disappointed if it comes out…

    4. And, apparently, some of the starting pitchers felt the need to drink during games they were not pitching in. Wow, can’t resist the compulsion to have a drink for a lousy 3-4 hours, while you are AT WORK. That doesn’t sound like entitlement–that sounds like alcoholism…

    5. And I am finding Adrian Gonzalez’s behavior more and more distasteful: Not only disavows any responsibility because “…It’s God’s Will”,  he also whines about Sunday Night games, and how they impact their play. Nice, Adrian, nice.  Is this your 1st year in Major League Baseball??? The Sox and the Skanks, if they are playing, more often than not, get the Sunday night slot. And holy crap–what was there, like, FIVE this year (3 Against the Skanks, 1 against the Cubs, and 1 against Tampa)–and the last one was on August 7th against the Skanks… Adrian, this is your freaking JOB, and you get paid in a year more than I will see in 10 lifetimes, so quit yer bitchin’ and get it done…

    6. The odds of Theo going to Chicago to GM the cubs are at 50/50 now. Personally, I think he should go–I don’t think the Sox are enough of a challenge for him anymore, and I think he does better with a challenge. He needs to go back to his GM roots, and be more like Billy Beane and Moneyball, than Brian Cashman and balls of money….I think he has gotten too complacent with the Sox–and would rather sign the big names for a lot of money, rather than the big players for smaller money…

    7. Speaking of money, Jonathan Papelbon and David Ortiz are now free Agents, with both expecting big money. The Sox will probably not make an offer greater than 2 years $16-18 million to Big Papi, who is 35, despite a very good year for him. He made $12.5 million in 2011. Papelbon, who made $12 million in 2011, could go either way–he could look for a 1 year deal, or a big blockbuster, multi-year deal. He was very good this year, but the fact that he once again could not get it done in a must win game, has to be a factor…I think the Sox will offer Pap a 3 year $40 million-ish contract…

    8. And the very real possibility that we have seen the last of Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek in a Red Sox uniform is a reality I cannot contemplate right now… Just CAN’T…

    9. Speaking of contracts–why did the Skanks go and stupidly give CC Sabathia an opt-out clause? Because you KNOW he is going to take it, cause hell, why get paid a measly $23 million a year, when you can make $30 or $35 million a year?

    10. Ya know what would be funny? If the Sox signed Russell Martin, and he then had to backpedal about his “hatred” of the Sox. OK, it really wouldn’t be fun for him to actually PLAY for the Sox. But his 1st press conference would be…

    11. From our friends at eTrueSports, who once again they rip the lid off the secrecy, and bring it into the cold light of day–or something like that… Apparently there are rumors of a secret recording where Theo is quoted as saying “emotional intelligence and decency” are “way over-rated.” Read all about it

    12. Heard from Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times, who always has great historical info to share. This time it was about Tito. Apparently, this is the 9th time a manager with multiple title wins leaves in the off-season. Also sharing this stat for 2011 is the other Sox Manager, Ozzie Guillen. You can see the whole list here

    13. Finally, the musical group The Guilty Party have written a tribute to Terry Francona. Called Changing Sox, the song is available as a free download but with the option to pay any amount of money. Any proceeds received will go to the Jimmy Fund in Tito’s name. The Guilty Party is comprised of 3 students from Berklee who been using music to raise money for good causes, including being part of last last years album, Music For Japan which raised over $1,000 for Save the Children. So if you were wanting to do something as a thank you for Tito, what better way than to make a donation in his name…

    Coming up: The Postseason Continues, just about everyone is 1-1, except that the Brewers are beating the snot out of Arizona and are ahead 2-0–and ya know what? I have not watched a second of it yet. And I am not even to the point where I care all that much–except for the constant–I hope the Skanks crash and burn–preferably sooner rather than later…

    One Response to “October 3, 2011:
    F.U.B.A.R…”

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