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First time writing but had to say to Nancy T * Austin, TX - great writing, couldn't have said it any better. I'm not a Bobby Valentine fan but I don't think he's the problem. Probably not the solution but definitely not the problem.
Dana G * Middletown, CT
Thanks Trish for your input regarding the RBI vs. RBI's debate. I hope that Don continues to say RBI's. I could care less if it is grammatically incorrect to put an 's' at the end of the acronym. I think when the 's' is left out RBI's it doesn't sound right. Maybe we can get Jenny to start saying "RBI's" too. In a sport where crotch grabbing and spitting happens every day, should we really care about grammar?
Jay * West Hartford, CT
Well Trish, I did the same google search as you, and as far as I can tell the jury is (and probably always will be) out. I found as many arguments for RBI as RBIs. So, I will stand partially corrected - it is not clearly wrong to say RBIs, but it still drives me crazy. Some announcers get it right (in my opinion), just as many get it wrong. I just love everything else about Don & Jerry over and above the others that I wish they would do this one thing my way. Hearing that s is like fingernails down the chalkboard for me. Go Sox!
Josh in NH
To Nancy T * Austin - THANK YOU!!!! I've been thinking along the same lines as you and it infuriates me to read all the negative writings about Bobby. You stated it so well. Bobby Valentine is not the problem with the Red Sox. And I agree that the ballplayers are supposed to be professionals. This is not Little League. We don't need to baby them and make everyone happy. Do what you are getting paid to do and what you supposedly love to do.
To Trish - THANK YOU for the info on RBIs. It drives me crazy when announcers say RBI. It was always RBIs until someone decided that it should be RBI. Now we know what's correct.
I loved the game last night and Don's staring at the camera had me in stitches. We're going to the game tonight - let's hope the competitive Lester shows up.
Anyone ever notice how fast Mr. Giant Glass leaves the game and how he pushes people out of his way? No class for Mr. Giant Glass.
Nellie * Belmont
Nancy from Melrose is absolutely right. Last night's game was the most enjoyable to watch, and best game played this year.. My last e-mail started off with, where are the Red Sox ??
You don't have to like your boss, but you do have to earn your pay check.. If you work in a factory, the boss does nothing but be sure each one is working to the best of their ability .. He is not doing the work, the employees are working together to make the best product they can ( TOGETHER ) . Same in baseball (it's a business), the boss does not "work", the players are the workers. If the product in the end is good, the workers are responsible. No one says the boss made it happen, the workers did.
Last night they did just that. Maybe knowing the manager was here to stay, they set aside their differences and it put a little fire into each one of them. They all came out like they had something to prove ( they can actually play ball).
Hope whatever drove them stays. We can still move up, not an easy uphill climb, but still can be done. I can be a disappointed fan, but I don't boo. If my kids don't do well, I don't boo them. Just hope the next time they do better. I don't kick a dog when he's down (like a pitcher when he has an off night (or nights). I save my boos for the Yankees.
Thanks for the chance to say what's on my mind.
KF * Vegas
"Short and Sweet" this time, "I am PI$$ED! Owner's announce that they are sticking with Valentine... Henry wrote., "There is often the thought in organizations, 'This isn't working so the manager needs to go.' To blame Bobby Valentine for the Red Sox being .500 at this point in the season is simply wrong." Then WHY the He11 did they FIRE Terry Francona, Red Sox best and winning-est Manager! He should have been given the same consideration! He should have been the Manager for the 100 years Fenway celebration NOT BV! Owners are losers!
JMM * NH
Trish - when do you have time to do Google searches?
I know ... I amaze myself sometimes. JUST KIDDING! Trish
A brief footnote to my earlier long diatribe.In today's Herald (Tuesday) I thought it was interesting when Ben stopped short of committing to Valentine for the rest of the season, and another thing he said was interesting as it lent creedence to the BS comments of their sticking with Valentine.When asked he said and I quote"I'm not going to comment on that",he said."He's our manager.I'm not getting into timelines.I'm not getting into timelines for myself either This goes along with my observations on voice inflection and body language.
Dave * RI
To Nancy T: I agree 100% with your defense of Bobby V. and the many faults on this team for which he is NOT responsible. As Adrian Gonzalez said, "it's the players, not the manager that have put this team at .500" and that is certainly true. I think he's done a good job with what he's had to work with. It's the talent that has not lived up to its expectations and the injuries have certainly kept the expected lineup off the field for the better part of the season (still that way now!)
Trish, thanks for the grammar lesson (RBI vs. RBIs). I didn't know that, either, and although it has never bothered me to hear someone add an "s", it's good to know that it's proper!
And I second the congrats to Jerry for five years cancer free! So glad to see you healthy, in the booth, every night (except for those darn ESPN and Fox games - ugh!) RSN and RDN have been pulling for you all along!
Jeneen * Beverly, MA
Nancy, The owners had a chance to extend Farrell's contract while he was still with the Red Sox. There was talk that he would replace Tito. For what ever reason, they stopped talks. Farrell left and the rest is history. I thought every Red Sox fan knew that story. (That is sarcasm.)
Dave, My seats are behind the third base dugout. Kids go down between innings and get balls from the players. This way they do not have to fight adults for foul balls. Are you qualified to say that Ben is uncomfortable? If he quits now while the team is in turmoil, who is going to hire him? Everybody has to make their own decisions in life.You did what was best for you. That does not mean that that is what Ben should do. I would prefer that we talk baseball and leave personal decisions to the individuals.
Tony * Ashland