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24 thoughts on “Tough day to be a Sox fan

  1. Thanks, Jason. Would have missed that article without your link.

    Hard to believe, if true. Drinking and eating KFC (or was it Popeyes?) during a game, in the clubhouse?

    Please, I do NOT want to read that the Yankees also do that – if only because it is a sure thing that if the media did claim a Yankee did that, I'm pretty sure Alex would be the first guy accused.

    Oh well – if they're that dysfunctional, all we have to worry about is the Rays and the Orioles. And the Blue Jays. And what to do about the playoffs. ;)

  2. it will be interesting to see how Epstein does in Chicago. i'm not quite sure what to make of his tenure in Boston. while they've obviously had some success with drafting/developing a few players, their free-agent track record is pretty weak overall.

    of course, the rings are the most important mark on his resume. i just wonder how much credit he truly deserves for them.

  3. I would bet dollars to dimes that almost all of this report is heavily, HEAVILY, exaggerated at the very least. As many others have pointed out, the current Red Sox front office has been ruthlessly efficient at using the local media to trash people on their way out of Boston, and it looks like it was Francona's turn.

    At the risk of arguing via truism; if this report is anywhere close to even 90% accurate and we're just now hearing about it, every newspaper in Boston should fire their beat reporter before the end of the day.

  4. I'm in the middle of '1949' by David Halberstam. He does a good job of taking apart the Boston media of that time, and how it was nothing tabloid sensationalism, and they were more against the players than for them. I guess some things never change.

  5. Most striking thing about the article was the insinuation that Francona was a drug addict. Talk about throwing someone under the bus. Not even the crap written about Isaiah Thomas was that bad — and all of it was true. As I told my Sox-fan friend, Welcome to the 1980s Yankees.

  6. The Boston media market has done this with all of its departing players for all of its sports. It is the only reason I like to read the Boston papers after a particularly ugly day, but you have to take it all with a grain of salt. They are trying to sell papers, not report truths, and i'm guessing there is very little to gain in someone fully investigating this and claiming that this report is overstated; The reporter who does such a thing will probably just be blacklisted by other Boston writers.

  7. I think Theo's departure is a damn fine thing for us Yankee fans. I may be young, but were the Red Sox ever more of a threat to the Yankees than they have been under his tenure? This man had the Red Sox as the best team in baseball under his tenure. Throw regular season wins and playoff appearances at me all you want, who do you think remembers 2002-2011 more fondly, Red Sox or Yankee fans?

    As for the disunity and dysfunction of the Sox I say who cares. Baseball is largely an independent sport. Its the batter vs the pitcher. I think the whole teamwork thing is baseball is kind of important, but just the same if you have a bunch of guys who do their own individual job correctly, the team will win. They don't have to go out to dinner together every night. It helps to be good friends with your teammates but its really not necessary.

  8. Off topic, but can anyone shed light on why several of the pictured Sox fans are wearing green? Is that actually a throwback jersey? Whatever it is, it sure is uuugly. If I were a BoSox fan (God forbid) I would never buy one of those. Of course, we do have fans that like the cute pink Yankee hats!

  9. I live in the metro-Boston area, and trust me when I say this: literally EVERYONE that cares enough to have an opinion knows exactly what the Red Sox are doing here. This time it blew up in their faces, as while the locals may have had split opinions about Clemens, Martinez, etc, Terry Francona was still widely respected around these parts.