At first The Boston Red Sox collapse was funny. It was one big joke that made me guffaw until I spilled my beer on the floor at Brothers, a bar in Columbus, Ohio. It was a dream come true for a Yankees fan. I got to watch the Sox get killed on TV and watch them suffer. It was like watching the pre-2004 Sox all over again.
After today’s revelation by the Boston Globe I’m not only completely over the Sox collapse, I’m disgusted by it.
After reading details entailed by the Boston Globe report on Terry Francona and the Sox September woes I feel bad for Francona and feel even more hatred towards the Sox as to how they handled the situation as it unfolded.
The Globe stated that Francona’s failing marriage and use of pain killer pills were the main factors in the demise of the Sox. Francona’s marriage to his wife of 30 years Jacque was deteriorating and it forced him to live in an apartment for the remainder of the season. To some in the organization that distraction affected the team play and maybe Francona’s decision making.
Also in the article sources said hat starters John Lackey, Jon Lester and Josh Beckett would drink beer, eat fried chicken and play video games on their off days while the team was collapsing around them. Also Jason Varitek, David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis had bailed on their leadership duties and seemed disinterested in the games.
First of all I don’t think the Globe nor the Sox should bring Francona’s personal life into play here. What happens in that man’s home should stay there. There is a time and place for personal and business matters and in an article in the Globe is not the place for them.
To say that his marital life issues were a distraction is total BS. If they were such an issue then why were the Sox the best team in baseball from May until August? Apparently he seemed to be doing a pretty darn good job managing the team then while his marriage was crumbling.
It’s a poor excuse to use on the guy the won you 2 world titles when you hadn’t won one in the previous 86 years. I understand that collapses like these need a scapegoat but there’s a difference between professionalism and tastelessness and believe me the Red Sox and the Globe toed that line here.
Speaking of tastelessness…
If you were fighting for your playoff lives, trying to win a spot to play in the World Series and your team is falling apart around you would you be eating take out and playing video games in your own clubhouse? I don’t care how much you got tired of hearing Tito’s voice or if you lost respect for him as a manager, you’re a major league ball player. You are paid ex amount of dollars to perform and should be accountable for your action. I you have an injury, aren’t pitching well or want to help your teammates then go throw some balls around, help Kevin Weilan with his control or do some stretches. I would’ve been beyond irate if I found my players doing that while my team is fighting for their lives.
(especially Lackey. You’ve been terrible since you signed your deal and instead of wanting to get better you loof around? I would’ve shanked him the quickness.)
With that said, Francona should’ve taken more initiative and gotten control of his clubhouse. He should’ve talked to his guys and laid down the law… and he should’ve had help.
Youkilis, Varitek and Ortiz especially should have said something to their teammates about professionalism since they are captains. This whole thing shows how little respect the Sox had for Francona and why they really collapsed. I’m especially disappointed in Ortiz. I mean Francona stuck with him when he couldn’t hit anything. He kept in the lineup last year when all of his power numbers were down and showed loyalty to him and this is the thanks that he gets? If Ortiz wanted a new deal from me I would tell him to kick rocks and take Lackey, Lester and Beckett with him.
Boston writer Gordon Edes said that Francona should’ve known better, in my opinion Francona deserved better. He did what no other manager in the previous 86 years did in Boston, he won titles. He took a questionable group of guys, dealt with horrible deals given to J.D. Drew, Carl Crawford, Lackey, Beckett and Dice-K and he still won 600 Games, 2 divisional titles and made the Red Sox a bigger draw than the Yankees on the road and this is how he goes out.
He goes out not just with the biggest collapse in the history of the league under his belt, but with his baggage aired out for all to see, an unloyal clubhouse that left him hung out to dry and no respect for his accomplishments.
When the Yankees bagged Joe Torre I thought it was classless to offer such a crappy extension, turns out we look like Mother Teresa compared to the Sox.
Now that we know the full details behind the Meltdown In Beantown I feel bad for Francona. He deserved more backing from the team that he led to heights they hadn’t seen in ages, he deserved more respect from players that he stuck with and ha faith in and deserved a better exit from a city that he embraced and gave a winner.
In the end Terry Francona deserved better that this Boston screw party. It gives me more reason to hate them going into next year.