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  • October 12th, 2011

    October 12, 2011:
    Quick! Everyone under the Bus!

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:24 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    I said in a post a little over a week ago that I wanted to know all the nasty details of the Red Sox epic collapse–all the names, dates and places. I also said we would all probably be very disappointed when we found out.

    Add “shocked” to those statements, and that is exactly what happened…

    I know we don’t know these people, the players and staff and management we devote a great portion of our lives watching on TV, and listening to on the radio, and even reading about them online. But after you spend SO much time doing all of these things, you think you get a sense of the kind of people they are.

    I know I always thought that Tito and Jon Lester were close. I also thought that Jon Lester was a quiet and serious young man who told it like it was, was often cranky, and deeply cared about winning…

    I thought Josh Beckett was a crazy cowboy, who would drill a batter in the butt for a perceived threat, but who passionately cared about winning, and would give 150% every time–and would accept responsibility when he faltered…

    I thought John Lackey was a whiner, who always had an excuse, never held himself accountable, and would show up his teammates on the field…

    I guess 1 out of 3 isn’t bad…

    An article came out today, this blazing “expose”, written by some guy I have never heard of, (his last “investigative” piece on the Sox was in April..) talking about the 3 starters above drinking beer, eating takeout and playing video games every night in the clubhouse–when they should have had their butts on the bench, supporting their teammates. And, apparently, this nonsense started at the end if 2010….the 1st year Lackey was with the Sox.

    Interesting.

    This article also spoke about personal troubles of Terry Francona, including his marriage, and some alleged excessive use of pain killers. Even if all of that were true (and I am not totally convinced of that). That is NO WAY excuses the whiny, entitled, and piss poor behavior of a number of players…

    The whole thing makes me sick to my stomach. All of it. As I knew it would.

    And now Theo is on the verge of signing a 5-year, $15 million dollar deal to the Cubs. As I mentioned on Twitter this morning: “Have we learned nothing about giving long-term contracts to those with declining effectiveness?” If this contract came after 2004, or even 2007, I would say the Cubs were making a super deal, and they should button him up for the long haul. But it’s been FOUR YEARS since the Sox won a World Series, and in that span, Theo has made decisions ranging from the questionable (Carl Crawford) to the downright idiotic (Julio Lugo, John Lackey). The Sox have also finished in THIRD place in the AL East 2 years in a row. And we don’t even need to talk about the collapse. Yeah, maybe Theo needs to go–and I wish him every success in Chicago–but as a great man once said: those who ignore history, tend to repeat it…

    Here’s another great quote from Tito, when asked if Boston or Philadelphia was a harder place to manage: “After managing in those two cities, my next stop is probably going to be Beirut.” Do they have a baseball team? If so, sign me up… we’ll get them a neat logo, perhaps from  Quality Logo Products, who makes custom logo products–and we’ll even get pens and waterbottles and everything!

    The Tigers finally showed some spark last night, winning Game 3 of the ALCS, and putting themselves in the more comfortable 1-2, rather than 0-3…Let’s hope their winning trend continues…Unfortunately, the Tito in the booth trend did not continue, as Tim McCarver was back for last night’s contest…Probably wont watch as much now–I really cannot stand McCarver and Buck…

    Coming up: The Rangers and the Tigers once again get the early game, with Rick Porcello taking the mound in Detroit, opposed by Matt Harrison for The Rangers. 1st pitch 4:19pm.

    The Brewers and the Cardinals, tied at 1 win each, take the field in St. Louis for game 3 of the NLCS. Yovani Gallardo gets the start for the Brewers, Chris Carpenter for the Cards. 1st pitch 8:05pm…

    And, right now, I could care less…

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