The controversy continues in Boston as more news reports come forward.
The Boston Globe continues to rip the Sox, weeks after the collapse. As they report the top three pitchers and former manager Terry Francona were the major issues in the clubhouse.
The Globe has this about 25 percent correct. As far as seeing the top three guys—Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and John Lackey—drinking in the clubhouse on the days they weren't pitching, I can understand. Those were the three names mentioned but I can't see those guys being the only players who took part in this.
If they were the only three players doing so, good for the rest of the guys for doing the "right" thing. As far as other players go, even if they didn't partake, they obviously didn't do their part to stop the actions that are deemed inappropriate. Therefore, all of the players are to blame for the clubhouse actions, not just the three pitchers. Throw the ENTIRE team under the bus for allowing this to take place; in the end it is a team game 100 percent.
As far as Terry Francona goes there needs to be a standard set. If you want to blame Francona for allowing these guys to act like this, that's fine and understandable. He is the head of the clubhouse, and has to be held responsible for his players actions, regardless of the fact that they are grown men.
But when you start bringing in his personal life to the light, there is a problem. The Globe reports Francona's martial issues and health reasons were a part of the clubhouse dysfunction and the club's collapse. This is a low blow from the Globe, and something that should never happen.
When you are in Boston, you're in the spotlight and that's understandable. But you CANNOT place the martial issues of Francona as a link to the 7+ ERA of the pitching staff and their inability to get wins.
Thank God Terry Francona is longer the headman in Boston, no one deserves to be treated this way and it's nobody's business where Francona slept during the season. I refuse to place blame on Terry Francona, and if you're a Red Sox fan you should understand that as well.
In the end, the only people responsible for wins and losses are the guys who play the game. The players come everyday and make their choices. They chose not to regulate the drinking in the clubhouse, and they chose not to come together in September and figure out how to fix the problems. It's too bad the papers choose to go this way, without Francona it could quite possibly be 90+ years and counting since the last time the Sox won the World Series.
Boston Globe, figure it out!
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