Roger Clemens' standing with Boston fans, which began a downward slide with the 1987 holdout, worsened rapidly in December 88. In separate interviews with Channel 5's Mike Lynch and the Globe's Will McDonough, the Rocket dissed the city of Boston as not being family-friendly, then corrected himself. It was the Red Sox that were not family- friendly. He also suggested that he and a few other "core" players should be getting better treatment from the team, though he named no names.
The rambling interviews touched on some unusual subjects- for example, he was not a "nightlife" guy and that the team did not provide adequate seating for his wife or a phone for him to call his family after a game. He also stated that he was "one pitch away from not having a job anymore", if his arm should go bad. The end result was that Roger came off as a spoiled, ungrateful millionaire who should be pitied.
Some highlights from the Lynch interwiew: "There are a lot of things that are a disadvantage to a family here..I know a lot of Red Sox people know about it and I know everyone on our team knows about it." Seeking damage control, Clemens then called McDonough and stated that his remarks applied to the team, not the Boston fans: "What I was trying to say is that people do not understand some of the things that go on within the organization that bothers...me and a few others." Later he stated: "We've got a group of five or six guys on the team who are really the core. These are the guys management should concentrate on keeping happy." About seating: "In the World Series the seats for my wife were so bad, I spent half my time on the mound wondering if she was OK." Concerning phones: "In any locker room in the league, you can make a phone call home. Here we have to go outside and use a pay phone." He summed it up by saying "People think it's petty when a guy
like me (complains about these things) but to me it's important..I have a burning desire in me." The Rocket also stated that there were only a few Sox players who "really want to bust their ass to win."
Roger got one thing right- it was petty to complain about these things. Not once did he talk about the Sox working together to win a Championship. It was all about him. In addition (he steroid problems aside) his emphasis on family seems strange and even hypocritical in light of well-publicized stories of dalliances with several women. The Clemens we see here is nothing but a shallow, egotistical man.
Good luck Jacoby- I hope you have a fine career in New York. I will not boo you even if you wallop the Sox the way Carlton Fisk did for Chicago. I just want to say I am lucky to have seen you for seven years showing the Boston fans what aggressive baserunning will do.no comments
We all knew Jacoby Ellsbury was going for a big pay day when he signed Scott Boras as his agent a few years ago. This afternoon he signed a seven year $153 million deal with the Yankees. The deal also includes an option for an eighth year for an $16 million.
Baseball is a business and every so often the fans get startk reminders like this one. Going after a big contract is understandable to most Sox fans. They will groan about it and have some negative things to say but in the end they will be understanding. Signing with the Yankees is a different story. The Yankees symbolize evil and greed to Red Sox Nation and joining them is as traitorus as it gets.
Ellsbury was a great player in Boston and a big part of two championships. I defended him when people called him soft after his rib injury but I have no defense for him now.
Jacoby's twiter account was silent tonight about the deal. He must be too busy to say goodbye even though he somehow had time to tweet about a football game on Saturday.
Unbelievable finish to the Alabama/Auburn game!!!— Jacoby Ellsbury (@JacobyEllsbury) December 1, 2013
Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Jacoby. I'll save my goodbyes for Salty.no comments
The Red Sox are finalizing a deal with veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski which likely means the end of Saltalamacchia's time in Boston. Pierzynski hit .272 with 17 home runs for Texas last season and is a career .283 hitter in 16 years in MLB.no comments
I just watched the Official 2013 World Series Film DVD and it was wonderful. We are now a month removed from the end of a great season and the days have grown shorter as the cold winter months approach. Watching the DVD brought back so many great memories and put a smile on my face.
The DVD is well produced and is not just a highlight reel of the World Series. There are great player interviews about the terrible events on Patriot's Day and the big moments in the season, from Spring Training though the playoffs. Ben Affleck does a commendable job narrating the film without getting in the way. Highlights feature audio feeds from either the NESN or WEEI broadcasts.
My only complaint about the film is they bleep out David Ortiz's famous quote about Boston even after featuring an interview with him saying how it just came out naturally. That seemed like a poor use of censorship.
If you are looking for the perfect Red Sox fan gift for Christmas, this is it. Even if you have all of the playoff games saved on your DVR, you do not have the player, ownership, and management interviews that give you new insight into the 2013 Red Sox season. This film is the perfect thing to tide you over until Truck Day.no comments
The Red Sox have decided to let Andrew Bailey hit the open market after not offering him arbitration by tonight's deadline. He is likely to miss a good portion of next season. The Red Sox could still bring him back at a lower price but they also risk another team snatching him up.no comments
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Boston Red Sox will tender a contract to relief pitcher, Andrew Bailey before Mondays deadline. Sherman suggests Bailey could get a contract worth $4.3 million.
Bailey missed the second half of the season last year due to season ending shoulder surgery.
Also, Andrew Miller, Mike Carp, Junichi Tazawa, and newly acquired Burke Badenhop will all get tendered0 contracts before Mondays deadline.no comments