Filed under: things | Tags: baseball, bobby v, kevin youkilis, New England, philip humber, red sox, sports, terry francona, theo epstein, tom werner, winning, Yankees
“I’m not satisfied with the job [I've done],” said Valentine. “I don’t need to hear from Ben or ownership or fans or anyone else. I need to do better. In every way.”
Understatement. I know as my experience as a softball player and a coach that a coach does not always determine the outcome of a game. But I also know that a coach (manager) has a lot to do with how a team performs. I am not going to sit here and spew statistics about the Red Sox performance under Tito, or Grady or any other manager and how it compares to their performance under Bobby V. What I will say is this: When a “coach” makes a comment about a specific player’s desire or enthusiasm in the media that is unwarranted, it makes that coach look like an idiot.
Listen, Kevin Youkilis may or may not be playing his best, if he isn’t, then it should be discussed within the walls of the clubhouse, the managers office, Ben’s office — but it should not be discussed with ESPN, WEEI, or NESN. I think it was decent of Dustin to come to Youk’s defense, but maybe it would have been smarter for him to keep his mouth shut to the media. Take care of this business behind closed doors. And then come out on to the field and play some baseball.
I saw the game on Saturday. In it’s entirety, except for the inning (or so) that Fox cut to the White Sox game to show Philip Humber’s perfect game (I think the ump blew the call on the check swing). I was tweeting about how great the game was, how the Sox were back! And then, quiet on the western front. What the hell just happened? I was fielding text messages from my friends that aren’t Sox fans “Don’t be so dramatic, the game isn’t over yet!” Really? Have you spent your entire life being let down by the Sox? Do you know what’s it like for them to win TWO World Series in your life time and then have it all come crashing down? No, I didn’t think so.
One thing that disturbs me about all of this: Terry Francona, John Henry, Larry Luccino, Tom Werner, Theo Epstein and several others, worked very hard over the past decade to push the Red Sox organization in the right direction. During 2004 and 2007 all of that hardwork added up to World Series trophies. Now, without the help of Tito or Theo, the organization might be headed down a path of self destruction. Talent is not the problem; Dustin Pedroia, Josh Beckett, John Lester, Kevin Youkilis, Papi, are all talented. They have all been with the team for a long time, they know how the team works. It seems to be there is one outlier here: Bobby V. Success in the Japanese baseball program does not equal success in American Baseball. Dice-K anyone?
What this all boils down to is something Terry Francona said recently “The Red Sox manager is the most 2nd guessed person in all of New England.” This won’t change for Bobby until he does something right.
-for love of the game.
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Well then. It’s been a while…OK OK, like a really long while. I get it, you’re mad. I’m mad too. Let’s try to move on.
In the time since I have been absent several things have happened:
1. I moved to Kentucky
2. I moved back to Maine
3. I moved to Birmingham
So, my life has been a little…hectic. And honestly, I don’t know how many games I will actually get to see this year. But I am going to try REALLLLLLLY hard to see has many as humanly possible. And of course, I will be trying to blog about it when I can. I am currently spending time reading blogs and sporting news stories about the current state of Red Sox Nation. I am hoping to be caught up before Spring Training…so hopefully I will have some stellar insights soon.
for love of the game.
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So I totally disappeared, sorry ’bout that. And I moved out of Red Sox territory…but I am gonna try my damnedest to keep up with this season…wish me luck!
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a brief hiatus if you will. but i intend to be back for good this time. i need to keep on top of all things bo sox. billy wagner? we shall see what prosperity he brings to bean town. maybe we will see him with an alpaca or two on the commons…
in other news, my twin sisters are about to leave for college…one leaves this weekend, headed to Simmons (in Boston) and the other leaves the following weekend — bound for Suffolk. I am super excited for them and can’t wait for my first visit!!
Josh Beckett has been brilliant lately…Yesterday was (hopefully) a fluke. And Beckett was angry with his performance yesterday…Homerun and all…
“It’s a shame,” said Beckett. “Your team scores you six runs and you can’t hold them to less then that. Pretty horrible.”
…If the Red Sox had won the game, Beckett would have been all too happy to break down the mechanics of his swing. But in defeat, he looked like he swallowed some sour milk when asked about the blast.
“Why would I want to talk about that? All it did was help us lose the game,” Beckett said. “I’d like to talk about the other things I did to help us lose the game.”
Although, I do like what Tito had to say…
“Beckett hits one out and we’re right back in it,” said Francona. “Regardless of how that inning before went, we’re OK. It just didn’t work out very well the rest of the day. The last two hours weren’t as good as the first two.”
happy birthday mr. beckett!
he is wicked stoked it’s his birthday too!
i have a special place in my heart for beckett\’s wickedly dry sense of humor and on the heels of his suspension, he does not disappoint:
Here he is talking about Mike Scioscia\’s thoughts that he should have shown more remorse after throwing \”at\” Abreu:
“I don’t really feel like I did anything. It’s unfortunate,” Beckett said. “I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do. Am I supposed to go give him a hug? I wasn’t really in a hugging mood right then. I don’t really know what they wanted me to do.
They made their own judgment on it. I had two umpires tell me that I handled it great. One of them publicly said that. The other one told me twice, once when I was coming off the mound and once right afterwards.”
seriously, a hug would have been awesome. Next time Josh, next time.
for love of the game.