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To Dave in RI: I assume you are talking about JOE Maddon, the Rays' manager, and not JOHN Madden, the former Oakland Raiders' coach? Allowing beer in the clubhouse has nothing to do with what ails this team, I am sure. Tito was a great manager,but for whatever reason, he is gone now and Bobby Valentine has to manage the way he has to manage and we all have to accept his style for the time being. If Pedey says it's no longer fun, I think that the fault for that lies with the media and the fans, not the manager and his teammates. I don't agree with the philosophy that no one on this team cares or wants to win, I honestly believe they are just having a hard time putting it all together at the same time. Hitting, no pitching...pitching, no hitting...hopefully in the second half of the season, they will put the two together and win some games. I wouldn't count on a World Series title this year, but I still think it'l lbe fun down the stretch.
For now, Happy July 4th to everyone and thank you, Dave, (I assume you are a member of the USMC and deserve our thanks). Trish - glad you are back to full power and that everyone is safe and sound. Go Sox!
Jeneen * Beverly, MA
Thanks to those who agreed with my view on Youk. And you are right Josh. A-Gon was the mistake. We still had Beltre. Seems as though there was some sort of sentimental umbilical to San Diego even though the Big Guys left that town a number of years ago. Theo's Legacy?
What is wrong with the physical conditioning of the team? Too many issues to be a coincidence. Also, the on field decision making is appalling. Too many mental errors, too many coaching errors. It all points to my other pet peeve. The Coaching staff. No need to go into details because we all know them very well. Can we get back to basics?
Is the light at the end of the tunnel an illusion? Team spirit and better performance are the only hopes.
We still don't know what truly goes on in the clubhouse as far as personnel issues or dissension goes. We occasionally hear comments to the press by certain players, but is that just cheer leading? Again, I bring up leadership whether within the team or by management (all the way to the top). It's almost like some have conceded the season. I hope not! I haven't! But I have concerns.
The All Star Game has become a media event and popularity contest like American I-Dolt and Dancing with the Has Been Stars. No need to feel that, other than Ortiz, the Red Sox were snubbed. No One else deserved it. And as far as selecting Chipper Jones or others for sentimental reasons, that just cheats other deserving players from that spot.
Boy , Do I Miss Baseball as a Game.
Merrimack Valley Fredd
The Sox lost night too! What the heck and this is burning my rear! Put all the big money guys on the DL or when ready, keep them in the minors except for Ells. Send down Gonzales and make the team all rookies from the minors. I agree with Josh in NH and have said it before, Youk never should have been placed at 3rd base and it did ruin him and maybe shorten his career. I think that even though he has slowed down with age, he would not have been hurt like he has been after making room for Gonzales who does nothing. I hope Youk, when he returns with his new team, lights us up.
I must apologize now since I have become extremely upset about our team and very negative. The management has ruined this team since the 2011 season. We have players that we can not trade and we are paying them so much money that we can't go out and get replacements. PO'd from the southwest!
Greg * Henderson, NV.
Greeting to my fellow Remdawgers and Happy 4th of July. I have just returned from the land of green and Irish luck and am happy to report that many of the Natives are sporting Red Sox gear! The internet has brought a love of American baseball (when Euro Cup and GAA football leagues are the norm) to Ireland and the Irish like all things Boston. On the Aran Island of 800 inhabitants our taxi driver supported a Sox, Pats and Celtics sticker on his vehicle.
While I followed our progress while away, I was surprised to hear things were considered a "major" turn around, especially after hearing Aceves tossed away another one late last night. I know we couldn't score in the 8th and there was a bad bunt by Punto, but at the end of the inning we still had the lead...I have gone back and forth in this forum over liking and hating Aceves and will now say, I don't like him as a closer. I get some solice from knowing that Pap is playing for one of the worst teams in baseball and that St Theo's Cubbies are not likely to see.500 this season. We are half way home. Better than when we started, but not what I expected. Here's hoping all those big buck players come through in the second half and we end up in a run off for first place. Just remember folks.. I kissed the Blarney stone last week!
Holly C * CT
Holly ... should have stolen it ... the boys need more than just the kind of luck a kiss is supposed to bring! Trish
Hello fellow fenway faithful. Here come some "games that matter." We have squandered the very few opportunities we were given to gain some ground on the Yankees. For some reason we could not win when they lost, even when we knew they had already lost! So instead of being just a couple of games back we go into this series 8 games back (in the loss column). Worse case scenario is that we go into the All Star break 12 games out of first. Not a pretty picture. These upcoming 4 games ARE our season. If we can't at least pull out a split.......well, you know the answer to that. Many have been saying, "Wait til next year" since Day 1 of this season. Many other voices may join them after this weekend. I, for one, am waiting to see this team's effort, fight, and desire in this series. What happens this weekend will tell us fans all we need to know.
Brenda * Dover,NH