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Beer, KFC, pill-popping, video games, fighting…sounds pretty fun. Unless you’re part of the professional baseball team that experienced the greatest collapse in Major League history–apparently that makes people a little upset. As has been highly reported, the Red Sox have imploded. Sweet. But the fact of the matter is that had the Red Sox had won one or two more games during the regular season, they would have had at least a one in eight shot of winning the World Series.
Had they not opted to defy all statistical logic and actually clinch a playoff birth, all of this information would have remained unknown to the public. Why are all the skeletons revealed only after things have gone wrong?
Obviously, someone had to take the blame (Terry Francona, the entire coaching staff, starting rotation, etc.). But everyone knows the truth. The players were lousy and the tyrannical powers also known as Red Sox upper-level management refused to pay for reinforcements or take any responsibility whatsoever for the team’s failure. I’ve said it before: Deism does not work in sports. If all these problems were so bad, why were no adjustments made? You can’t make your offseason moves, sit back, and then at the end say “Orly? Mah team consistz of lazeh, alcoholic, frat boyz? My bad yo, g2g2 Chicago”. But that’s besides the point.
Regardless of how the Red Sox perform, it is inevitable that faces in the organization will always come and go. That’s normal. What seems peculiar, however, is that whenever a high profile figure leaves the Red Sox, the Sox PR finds it necessary to unleash as much career-damaging slander as humanly possible. The Boston Red Sox will not allow themselves to admit wrongdoings or be portrayed in a bad light. Big Brother knows best. There’s a word for that…it’s called propaganda.
When a manager gets fired, it’s usually because the players underperformed. But teams usually make something up about wanting to go in a different direction–We get it. That doesn’t fly with the
totalitarian Red Sox. Instead, they have to portray Terry Francona as an unstable, amoral, drug addict unable to salvage his marriage. Nice job.
Regardless of your opinions of Manny, there was more to that story. Instead of admitting the team could not (or simply did not want) to make a deal with Ramirez, they cast the once carefree slugger as a combative, elderly-hating, psychopath. Impressive.
Pedro was a poisonous diva, it had nothing to do with the fact the Red Sox did not want to outbid the Mets. Don’t be fooled by Jason Bay’s quiet Canadian demeanor, he was just waiting to rip his shoulder out of its socket one of those days. Johnny Damon wanted to re-sign with the Red Sox, but it’s a shame devil worship got the best of him. Bravo.
For such a storied franchise, the Red Sox seem to be on poor terms with many of their former “legends.” Since the new ownership came aboard in 2002, that still hasn’t changed. Why not come out and say the team performed below expectations and all members of the organization are planning to work even harder to improve next year? Is it really that necessary to portray anyone who disagrees with ownership as a serial killer waiting to happen (You’re next, Josh Beckett)? I hope that people have the mental capacity to realize this mudslinging is nothing more than propaganda at its not-so finest. The Red Sox are nothing more than dirty laundry.