Lead down to 4 games
posted at 8/13/2007 12:08 AM EDT
You're right about the ALLCAPS. After I wrote that I didn't feel like making the effort to cut and retype it, but it annoyed me too!
My reference to "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" was not meant generally, but was specific to the bullpern. I thought that was clear based on my following up that statement with bullpen talk and the Gagne trade. I thought it was a bad idea; I think these guys need to pitch! There's enough of them in the bullpen, ain't there! Good God, it's like if a guy has thrown more than five pitches they call 911 and panic! Let them play! Nothing against Gagne, who unfortunately has not pitched well since arriving here, but I just think you're messing with what has worked so far when you bring a guy like him in here! You think Oki is pleased about being taken out today when all damn year he has been terrific! Terry is too concerned with pleasing Theo, that's what I think. But I realize he wanted to give Gagne a chance to redeem himself, which on a human level I understand and I have to admit like as well. Theo however is too much a numbers guy. Too much computer-oriented.
I will criticize Terry for not being tough enough. The team is sloppy and he allows Manny and others to make too many mental errors when those players should be taken to task!
And I agree with this happy slapstick BS between Manny and Lugo and others. Be men. Don't act like a bunch of sophomoric children. You don't see the Yankees act like that. Torre and Steinbrenner would not allow that BS. Manny, next time you don't run out a grounder or hustle or don't direct the baserunner when you should, you're benched. That's what Terry should say. But, he won't. Therefore, the problem is not Manny; it is Terry. And if Terry is the problem, then that has to be dealt with. But Theo brought him in here, and Terry is going to do what Theo wants. so really Theo is the problem. But Henry ain't going to be rid of Theo. So, we're stuck! NOTHING is going to change, except the Sox and Yanks in the standings, that is.
First off, in theory and in baseball sense, the Gagne trade made a whole lot of sense. Give Papelbon a night off to save his arm when needed and give Okajima, who is in uncharted waters as far as innings pitched, some rest also when needed in the 8th. Hasn't worked and has been a disaster so far. Doesn't mean that Gagne still isn't a very good pitcher, he is. It just means, for whatever reason, he hasn't "been right" since coming to Boston. I say, instead of Gagne in the 7th or 8th, use Delcarmen in that role for a week or so and only bring Gagne in a game when there is a good lead. So I agree with you somewhat, that the Sox should go back to the formula that worked before, until Gagne solves his issues.
As for your criticizing of Francona, you have to remember he is a "Players Manager" and he probabally feels he has to baby a Manny, Lugo and others a bit and allow themselves their freedom of expression..however sophomoric it comes across. I agree with you that he should get on the players more and sit down a Manny for not hustling once in a while to keep the team in line. It is embarrassing when a player doesn't hustle down the line when the ball is hit. As I say to my players, when your up, it is your time in the spotlight to shine and show what you got. No one pays to see you lollygagging and not hustle. As for the standings, I hear footsteps but they haven't passed through the door. Tough part of the schedule for the Yankees is coming up where they have to face Detroit and Anahiem/LA twice and the Red Sox once. Let's see where the footsteps will be after that stretch.