Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Because we haven’t had enough…

Wasn’t it nice back when none of the players were responding to the criticisms brought about by Bob Hohler’s article?  Remember those halcyon days?

Now we have Jon Lester personally calling just about every sports writer in New England, Josh Beckett and John Lackey releasing statements, yesterday was Jason Varitek fielding softballs from Greg Hill on WAAF and today we get Clay Buchholz on WEEI at 1pm with Lou Merloni.  Hooray for mass communication!

While the players all say that drinking in the clubhouse during a game isn’t a big deal, apparently drinking in the dugout is, as that report is what got Beckett and Lackey to speak up.  Essentially the players are saying, “Sure we drank in the clubhouse but we wouldn’t dream of bringing those cups of beer into the dugout!  The horror!”.

Personally, I find there to be no difference.  If you’re drinking during a game, whether in the clubhouse or dugout, you’re drinking during a game.  It would be nice if these guys would spend more time trying to break down exactly what happened in September since they’re so certain it had nothing to do with drinking or a fractured clubhouse.  My interpretation of what is being said is “We just sucked and there is no reason for it”, which, frankly, doesn’t fly.

All through September I wrote about (and argued) how I absolutely didn’t believe that the team just “stopped caring”.  It was unbelievable to me that a team of professionals could not care about the outcome of the games or the season given how hard they worked.  I still feel like there were plenty of players who didn’t just give up but I feel like I still have to eat my words because frankly, the quotes these guys are tossing out there right now pretty much feel like they’re saying they didn’t care…and that is much more disappointing than the team losing.

I hope Tito is having a cup of green tea this morning, reflecting on what an amazing run he had with the Red Sox and thanking God that he’s away from the mess they have become.

Seven years ago today, the Red Sox won game 7 of the 2004 ALCS, beating the Yankees and confirming their spot in baseball history.  All of this ridiculousness won’t change that but it sure makes me long for those days.

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October 20, 2011 - Posted by | 2011 | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. At such moments I go to my Happy Place and think about Dustin Pedroia.

    And the memory I choose to focus on when I think about what went wrong this fall is not of all the errors and lousy pitching and “rally beers” in the clubhouse. It’s a late-inning play in that second-to-last game of the year, Jacoby Ellsbury giving absoultely everything he had sprinting after that deep fly ball to the wall in centerfield, miraculously getting his glove on the ball, then whacking into the wall so hard he lost control of it. The look on his face after that play said it all. Expletive, expletive. Not our !@#! year. But anybody who says they were all just dogging it in September wasn’t paying much attention. Most of them were busting their asses like the pros they are. I want to think about 2012.

    Comment by Elaine Apthorp | October 20, 2011 | Reply


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