Re: PLEASE, DO NOT EVEN THINK OF PLACING THIS DEMISE ON TITO FRANCONA.......
posted at 9/27/2011 11:10 AM EDT
In Response to Re: PLEASE, DO NOT EVEN THINK OF PLACING THIS DEMISE ON TITO FRANCONA.......
[QUOTE]Not his faulit? This is a joke, right? He has been coaching with his heart and not his mind.
Obviously last nights game needed to be coached as if it were a playoff game. In a playoff game, when a pitcher appears to be gased, you get him out as soon as possible. Beckett, up to over 80 pitches far too early in the game, was gased when he allowed Davis' game-tying hit. That should have been it for Beckett. Instead, he is allowed to remain in the game until he gives up an unsurmontable lead. Dont give me the "he needed to preserve the bull-pen arms" bit. The rosters are expanded and there are other options. This is the time of year when starts are born. Instead, he is so worried about whether or not Josh would be mad at him for taking him out that he leaves him in. This is not a popularity contest. Blame also needs to be place with Epstein. This is a year in which he has made the least amount of trades throughout the course of a season. This is not anything new to him. He realizes that he is going to have to add to a team he starts off with throughout the course of year, especially when he loses players to injury. Instead, the opt to put a band-aid on Drew and act like he is an addition to the team. Hello!! Drew was not contributing when healthy!!! Lastly, blame lies with the players. They are not hungry for it. There is no clear leader on this team. They have too many players with "feelings" that none of them wants to step-up and say what needs to be said. Nobody wants to motivate the others. How can they when they themselves are playing like crap. The only one playing to his abilities and beyond is Ellsburry but he appears to timid to be a leader. With so many veterans, who is he to tell them that they are playing like crap. So, not thinking that Francona does not share the blame is ignorant at best. When you have a total colapse like this, it is obvious that nothing has been done to right the ship and that begins with the Manager and ends with the players doing what they are told. My only hope now is that the Rays go on to play the Yankees in the ALCS and they sweep them. That would leave the Yankees wishing they dealt with them now and faced Boston's lack of pitching as opposed to allowing the Rays with their pitching depth to enter the playoffs. If you dont know what I mean, the fact that only half of the starters are playing at half speed, the fact that Martin gets himself ejected so he doesnt have to stand up there and strike out thus impacting his stats, that should resonate well. I believe the only one playing hard is Cano and that is because he is friends with Ortiz. They probably have some type of side-incentive going on between the two of them. If it is injuries that they are worried about, they wouldnt have played the Sox as hard as they did once they clinched.
Posted by SOXNVA[/QUOTE]Live by the HEART, DIE by the HEART!
I think you may be right.... This may be his fatal flaw???? He sticks with "the guys who brung 'em." This year???? He's stickin with the guys who HUNG 'em! With ALL the empirical data STATISTICALLY PROVING they would not come through for him in key situation after key situation, Francona stubbornly stuck to his guns............. over & over & over............ It almost never worked........
Yet, he persisted....... He will likely stick with this game management philosophy of "going with his heart," to the BITTER END!
How he does not pinch hit for Salty, bases loaded, is beyond me! It was arguably the most important game of the season, & he wouldn't make the key calls giving us A SHOT at winning the game! There were several key at bats in this game, where a pinch hitter was the clear choice!!!! Just one example amongst thousands this season.
I love Francona! I will always LOVE Francona for what he did for the Red Sox!!! BUT!!!!! MUCH / MOST of this season is on him for his game management! ALSO..... There is something FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG with this entire TEAM
. TOO MANY guys having INDIVIDUAL GREAT YEARS, but there really seems to be no leadership?????? "NO HEART!!!" There is something fundamentally wrong with the chemistry on this team????? It may not be completely fair to hang it all on Francona, BUT it is unavoidable that HE gets a lion's share of the blame!!!!! Too many guys came out of Spring Training NOT PREPARED!!!! Whether it is the fault of pitching coaches, hitting coaches, base coaches, the training staff, the ultimate blame for this team falling apart has to rest on Tito's shoulders.
MGMT. takes a huge share of the blame also....... NOT having ANY minor league starting pitchers prepared to come up & help out, when it was CLEAR AS DAY that we would LIKELY need some, is inexcusable!!!!!
This has been a tale of two cities........ It was the best of times! It was the WORST OF TIMES!!!!!!
This TEAM may not have the heart to see this thing through???????????????????
BUT!!!! Red Sox fans still have HEART! We will go down swinging & pulling for this TEAM!!!! If our hearts are broken???? It will be because we left it ALL OUT on the field! We can still do this! WE still believe! NOBODY's quitting on this team!!!! WE are there 'til the END. Perhaps the BITTER END????? BUT! THERE!