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Curt Schilling Blasts Red Sox Front Office For Handling Of Francona's Departure
Published October 13, 2011
PLENTY OF BLAME TO GO AROUND: ESPN BOSTON's Gordon Edes wrote under the header, "Tito Victim Of Latest Sox Smear Campaign." Edes: "No one ever escapes clean, regardless of what you might have accomplished here." Edes notes on Sept. 2, "when the Red Sox held a nine-game lead in the wild card over the Tampa Bay Rays, no one was talking about Francona's alleged issues with his wife. That was considered his private business." Edes: "Perhaps even more harmful to Francona, and his future job prospects, were 'team sources' expressing concerns to the Globe about his use of pain medication, the implication that the manager may have been abusing that medication. ... Makes you wonder how much trust Sox players will have in their medical staff going forward, knowing that any issues they might have could be fair game for public consumption" (ESPNBOSTON.com, 10/12). ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser said the Globe story “connects to management." Kornheiser: "It’s management saying, ‘We’ve got to find a way to deflect anything from us so we’re going to tell you (about the clubhouse).' ... What management does in this is say, ‘Don’t blame us’” ("PTI," ESPN, 10/12). In Boston, Dan Shaughnessy writes, "There are so many things wrong with the Sox at this hour, it’s difficult to know where to start." Shaughnessy: "The manager is gone, the general manager is gone, the owners are in hiding, and the players are a loathsome lot totally unworthy of the money and adulation they receive. ... The Fenway lawn is scorched earth." Shaugnessy insists, "Apologies are in order, all around. John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino need to come out of hiding and say they are sorry for this embarrassment" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/13). In N.Y., Bill Madden writes, "It will be interesting to see how Henry, long [Theo] Epstein's biggest benefactor, now assesses the chaos in Boston in his former GM's wake." But Henry "seems more consumed with his new soccer toy in Liverpool than with his disgraced baseball team" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/13).
BEHIND IN THE COUNT: ESPN BOSTON's Jackie MacMullan wrote, "One of the most enviable franchises in baseball has been reduced to a fast-food punch line; a blueprint for excess, arrogance and entitlement." MacMullan added, "The Red Sox need new direction with new leadership. That includes the general manager, the manager and the players in the clubhouse" (ESPNBOSTON.com, 10/12). In New Jersey, Bob Klapisch writes the Sox "seem headed for a dark age." Klapisch: "Their likely new GM will inherit the job without any real-time experience. There’s no manager in place, nor is there an organizational plan to deal with the in-house crisis. ... The Yankees, by comparison, are a model of efficiency" (Bergen RECORD, 10/13). In S.F., Gwen Knapp writes under the header, "Nobody Can Collapse Like The Red Sox" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/13). ESPN's Colin Cowherd said the Red Sox are a "complete mess." Cowherd: "What does that tell you that the story go leaked?" ("SportsNation," ESPN, 10/12). Columnist Kevin Blackistone said the Globe report “has got to be embarrassing, not only to the city and to the fans and to their teammates” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 10/12). ESPN’s J.A. Adande said instead of blaming the players, “maybe it’s a cancerous upper management and you have to wonder how this is going to impact their ability to hire a top-notch general manager” and manager (“Jim Rome Is Burning,” ESPN2, 10/12).
HUGE GAP TO FILL: On Long Island, Ken Davidoff writes, "Amazing, to me, that Epstein would bolt Boston right after one of the worst collapses in baseball history." Yet for a franchise "whose inhabitants enjoyed the perception of being the industry model, this is a very surprising level of turbulence" (NEWSDAY, 10/13). CBSSPORTS.com's Scott Miller wrote the Red Sox "are on the verge of completing their most historically impactful deal since owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1919." Miller: "You agree to allow that man [Epstein] out of his contract so he can move to the Cubs, it is a pivot point in franchise history" (CBSSPORTS.com, 10/12). In Boston, Nick Cafardo writes Red Sox Senior VP & Assistant GM Ben Cherington will "likely become the new general manager," but wonders, "Is he equipped to be the person to lead the Sox out of this two-year malaise?" Former MLB GM and current MLB Network analyst Omar Minaya said of Cherington, "He’s been an assistant in the big market and I think that’s very important. He knows how to deal with the media and he’ll be his own man." Former Red Sox interim GM Mike Port said, "Diligent worker, solid ethics, low-key, and stable. Doesn’t get flustered about things and doesn’t aspire to be out front, but more focused on the task at hand." Padres GM Jed Hoyer, who worked with Cherington while with the Sox, said, "He’s gone from department to department, which I think is a huge advantage. He’s incredibly respected by people in office" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/13).
HAVING SOME FUN: ESPN’s Stan Verrett, while previewing Brewers-Cardinals NLCS Game Four tonight said, “I don’t know if (P Kyle) Lohse has been playing video games and eating fried chicken, but he’s on twelve days rest!” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 10/13).