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SBD/August 20, 2012/Franchises
Red Sox Front Office Under Fire Over Its Lack Of Accountability
Published August 20, 2012
KING OF WISHFUL THINKING: Also in Boston, Ron Borges wrote Lucchino “runs the Red Sox, but only when things are running right.” But when things are not, “the media’s running the Red Sox,” and the players “see it the same way.” Borges wrote, “It’s the media that decided to charge $75 for a brick, 7 1⁄2 times what a bottle of water costs anywhere else on the planet and to quadruple the cost of pink hats. … It’s the media that keeps saying the place is sold out when it isn’t, thus causing heightened performance anxiety all around” (BOSTON HERALD, 8/19). USA TODAY’s Paul White in a sports section cover story notes the Red Sox “have spent most of a week trying to navigate the latest crisis to engulf an already underachieving team” (USA TODAY, 8/20). Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said, “Things aren’t going the way you want them to, so you’re scrutinized more. We sort of made that bed ourselves and it’s up to us to make it better. When we make it better there will be less scrutiny and probably fewer distractions” (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/20). FOXSPORTS.com’s Ken Rosenthal wrote Lucchino should “open Fenway Park for a town-hall meeting and listen to what fans think of the 2012 Red Sox.” Since the Red Sox are “so big on group discussions, ownership should require the players to attend and hear how they’ve alienated Red Sox Nation every bit as much as Valentine has alienated them.” Then ownership can “do something completely different, and acknowledge its own role in helping create this mess” (FOXSPORTS.com, 8/17).