Link 10-12-2011: How it all went down in September


Finally, the sordid details of the problems in the Red Sox clubhouse have come out. The Globe’s Bob Hohler lays it all out for us. The lowlights include a dysfunctional and fractured clubhouse, a “me-first” attitude among most of the players, and a general spoiled brat, complaining attitude.

Looking at this, I have to place a big part of the blame on Josh Beckett. He’s the guy who should have stepped up and talked to these guys who were getting out of line. John Lackey was the new guy, and would have been ostracized if he had pulled this stuff on his own, and Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz are followers (though they didn’t have to be); they couldn’t have been like this without Beckett leading the chicken-and-beer-fueled charge. Instead we hear that Beckett was grousing that he fell out of contention for the Cy Young, and veterans like David Ortiz yakking about an RBI which should have been added to his stat line. Just disgraceful and disgusting. No wonder Terry Francona and Theo Epstein want to leave.

We need some more turnover with this team. We have too many fat cats who already have a World Series ring, and they don’t care about the game anymore. The guy I don’t understand is Lackey, who is still lacking the hardware. What the heck was he thinking?

And the conditioning. Sure, athletes are expected to work hard. They get paid many times what average guys get, and even with the traveling and everything, their schedules are STILL freer than many of us. Your one job is to maintain your body, so how is THIS possible:

Spring Training 2011

September 2011

Just look at that face. The face of a loser.

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