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Archive for the month “October, 2011”

Five thoughts about the state of the Red Sox

1. John Henry may be a good owner all in all, but he has not handled himself well during the past few weeks. On Friday, an “angry” Henry showed up unannounced at a sports-talk radio station to protest the “misleading” discussion of the hosts of the show. If Henry would have directed his anger at the players instead of worrying about the media, the Sox might have won nine games in September instead of just seven, which would have put them into the playoffs.

2. Henry claims he didn’t want Theo Epstein to leave, acting as if it was out of his hands:

“I’d love to have Theo back. I would have loved for Theo to have been our general manager to be our general manager for the next 20 years. That was my hope. That would have been my hope. But you don’t always get what you want,” Henry said. “I did everything I could, personally —and so did Tom [Werner] and Larry [Lucchino] — to make that happen. But the fact that is, and I think people don’t understand this, the fact is that being the general manager in Boston or being the manager in Boston is a terrifically tough job.”

Henry wants us to believe he had no control over whether or not Theo remained GM? He once again deflects the blame at the media and/or the fans. Does this man accept responsibility for anything?

3. Theo Epstein is taking a big personal risk going to the Cubs. If he fails to get the team to the World Series, he risks proving that Buck Showalter was right about him, that he’s only as good as the money he has at his disposal.

4. The Red Sox have to dump John Lackey. This man can not be part of a winning club house. Not in Boston. They also need to bring in a real ace, not pretenders like Beckett and Lester. If I were Ben Cherington, I’d pick up the phone and see if I could pry Felix Hernandez from the Mariners for Lester and Buchholz.

5. If on September 1 you had asked 100 baseball pundits to name the best organizations in the game, all 100 would surely have mentioned the Red Sox, if not putting them at the top spot. Today, just a month and a half later, the team is a laughing stock, loaded with derelict millionaires and a front office run by morons and assholes like Larry Lucchino. Fans should boycott the first home game of the season to break the so-called “sell-out” streak and demonstrate that we are not sheep.

Anyway, it will be an interesting winter. Good luck to Ben Cherington. He’s going to need it.

Johnny Gutless speaks

Instead of holding a press conference and answering uncensored questions from real reporters, Red Sox owner John Henry and club president Larry Luchino appeared on a local Boston radio show, the one that lives on its broadcasts of Red Sox games, so you can assume there were not going to be any tough questions or follow ups.

Even though this “facing of the press” was as safe for Henry as he could make it, he still managed to reveal his true colors (and they include a big yellow stripe):

Henry was asked if it was a fair statement for Francona to describe the divorce from the Red Sox as “a mutual decision.”

“We really didn’t get a chance to make it mutual,” Henry said. “But thinking about it, would we have ended up at the same place he ended up? Based on the things that we heard and things that we saw, there’s a strong likelihood that we would have, so you could say it was mutual but the way it took place in my mind wasn’t really mutual the way it took place.”

So Henry didn’t pick up Francona’s option, which left this two-time-World-Series-Champion manager dangling in the wind all season. Then, when Francona decided he’d had enough of that disrespect and made the decision himself to move on, Henry feels safe in saying the “divorce” was NOT mutual, thus avoiding any, you know, responsibility for anything.

Perhaps Henry is just upset that his ambivalence prevented him from being able to actually fire Francona.

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