True Colors?

I’m a pretty loyal guy when it comes to the sports teams that I follow. I never expect my team to win every game or be choir boys on their days off. But I do expect them to have some character, and not be a bunch of whiny self-involved idiots. Until October of the 2011 baseball season, I was under the impression that the Boston Red Sox were one of these “classy” teams. I was wrong.

I really don’t have a problem with them going 7-20 down the stretch and missing the playoffs. Their pitchers stunk and the once potent offense disappeared. That’s ok, that happens. What bothered me was the tales of drinking beer during games, John Lackey glaring at Tito Francona whenever he was pulled from yet another lackluster performance, and the “anonymous” leaks in the front office that told everyone and anyone about the state of disarray the Red Sox were in. These are not the characteristics of a storied and proud franchise.

The Red Sox players, Owners and the rest of Red Sox Nation should be embarrassed how the 2011 ended. Infighting, backstabbing, lack of support for one another. This can not happen again! The new addition of Bobby Valentine may help, but its going to take some players stepping up and start to hold each other accountable. I want to see Dustin Pedroia stick his size 8 1/2 cleat up someone’s ass if they don’t hustle down the line. I want Adrian Gonzalez to put down the rosary beads and get in Josh Beckett’s face when it takes him seven minutes to throw a pitch.

The culture needs to change in Bean Town.
If it doesn’t, this loyal fan may be forced to jump ship…. maybe I’ll start following the Yankees or Rays?

OK, maybe things aren’t that bad.
Go Sox!

13 Responses to “True Colors?”

  1. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    The true problem with the Red Sox is they lost their idenity. Whenever I used to think of the Boston Red Sox, they were the good guys. The Luke Skywalker of MLB, trying to fight off the evil empire of the New York Yankees. And people could get behind it.

    Now they did the what the Yankees have done, they took the easy way out. Mega contracts, trying to bring in superstar pieces instead of doing the right way. The Red Sox are a collection of egomaniacal superstars, there longer a championship TEAM. Sound familiar?

    Where is the JDerek Lowe? The Orlando Cabrera? The Mark Bellhorn? The Bill Mueller? These players are the unsexiest, lamest type players in baseball. But they are ESSENTIAL to a championship team. Look at the Yankees. Their most recent dynasty was filled with Tino Martinez, Paul O Neil, Scott Brosius, Chuck Knoblauch. As soon as they started replacing these players with superstars they stopped winning championships.

    Remember the idiots of 2004? Most talented? No chance. Best team? All the way

    The team once known for the greatest comeback in the history of baseball is now known for the greatest collapse. And the reason is because they lost their identity.

  2. Dave Says:

    Thanks for your input Dan. I think new Sox GM Ben Cherington has realized this identity problem, which has led to a few low cost, high energy, professional teammate signings this off season. Cody Ross, Nick Punto..good guys that aren’t afraid to get in a team mates face if warranted.

  3. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Boston is a complete wild card this year. They could win 100 games, or they could fall apart and win 80 to 85. Nobody knows what they can do this year. With TB and NYY, you pretty much write them in for 90 to 95 wins. Boston makes the AL East very interesting this year.

  4. allan Says:

    I think they took a 2011 packers approach to things,a “nobody can stop us” deal. Then when players started getting hurt and the losing began nobody could explain what was happening. Nobody is obligated to keep an “identity ” of being good or bad. With fame like age brings change in every way.. nobody stays the same no matter how u argue it. My opinion is you just had a group of guys that were having tooooo much fun and not being responsible…at times. Plus the injuries were huge as well and that made things worse.

  5. Dave Says:

    Thanks for commenting Allan- its good to hear from you. I agree with everything you’re saying. The Sox, started 2011 awful…rebounded by having 3 months of great baseball, and then collapsed. They should be embarrassed by the way things were handled at the end of 2011, and start the 2012 season with a chip on their shoulder with something to prove to the league. I think we’ll see early on how hungry this team is to remove the stigma of a team of prima Donna chokers. I personally think they will rebound.

  6. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    While its not about being “good or bad”, a team does have to have a philosophy to be succesful. Look at the Rays. Every single season their built around pitching and defense. Its their core philosophy, their identity. What is the Red Sox philosophy? 2 seasons ago they give a pitcher 85 million dollars, and the theme of the offseason was “run prevention”. Remember run prevention? It was a great idea. Then the very next season, they give 300 million dollars to 2 superstar bats. Is that “run prevention”? What are they doing? What is the goal? They lost their plan, they lost their goal. It takes a plan to win the World Series. You dont just walk out their and win a championship.

  7. Dave Says:

    For half of the 2011 season, Boston was the best team on the planet. Injuries, attitudes and I think a hint of panic contributed to their collapse. I honestly don’t care if they come in 4th place in the AL East, I just want to see a team with a little character.

  8. allan Says:

    WHAT ARE EXACTLY THE “RIGHT AND WRONG WAYS” TO BE A GOOD BASEBALL TEAM? IT ALMOST SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE TO SHOP AT THE THRIFT STORE TO BE A GOOD TEAM THESE DAYS AND SPENDING MONEY IS A SIN. LOL….

  9. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Theres nothing wrong with spending money. Matt Kemp is a young superstar. The dodgers giving him all that money was a great idea. But there is something wrong with spending money just to spend money. The idea of, “oh we missed the playoffs, so we need to spend 200 million on players we dont need just to make the fans happy” is retarded. Boston missed the playoffs ONE time, and got stupid and gave moron contracts to Carl Crawford and John Lackey.

    I dont know about you guys, but I thought the Red Sox philosophy was the build through the draft, and make smart trades and free agent decisions. It got them 2 world series titles in 4 years and they were the envy of every team in the league.

    The second they try to be like the Yankees and get stupid, they fall apart… They lost what made them great.

    You cant have a goal to win the world series every single season. It. Will. Not. Happen. You have to have a smart plan for continued success. Boston HAD one, now I dont know what there doing.

    So no, there is nothing wrong with spending money. But spending stupidly does not win you world series titles.

  10. allan Says:

    The whole point of playing the game is to win the world series every season. If you don’t walk into the season wanting to win it all stay home!

  11. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    You misunderstand. Obviously, every team wants too, and should expect, to win the 2012 world series.

    My point is, its absolutely foolish to build your team with the hopes of winning the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 world series. It aint happening. To spend 300 million every offseason trying to win 8 straight world series titles is moronic.

  12. allan Says:

    spending a lot of money on guys is no different then building a young team. The only difference is when you spend money your planning to go on your run and win titles now, but when you build young your planning on going on your run later. At the same time you hope to win right away tho without the wait….

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