The end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 will bring about a new time in Boston sports. Since the deflating defeat at the hands of the Miami Heat the Celtics look to begin a new era. The Red Sox have sent almost all of their problem children packing with the Departure of Beckett, Gonzalez, and Crawford most recently. The Patriots even seem to have restarted a back to basics approach with some defensive look changes and by bringing back Josh McDaniels. The Bruins have moved on from Tim Thomas the mouth that divided their locker room. It seems as fast as the Boston market was inundated with Championships, Executive trophies, and Coach of the Century nods they have fallen back into a cycle where teams: took on bad contracts, took chances on the wrong players, and thought the system was too pure to be corrupted by a few.
Smart minds always knew Bill Belichick and Chad Johnson had great respect for each other, but the logical fan said that would never work in New England, we heard the same kind of grumbling when Albert Haynesworth came to town. The same was true when the Sox broke their mold to get Lackey, Crawford, and Boby Jenks. Gonzalez was a Pipe Dream Theo had long before Adrian ever came to Boston. All that came crashing down with the crack of thunder and in the flash of lighting and we are left with our pants at our ankles, in the dark, and wondering where our wallet is.
The resulting black outs might have seemed sudden but any solid Boston fan knew that his teams had been lead astray and spoiled. Larry Lucchino thought he knew more than Theo long before Theo Epstein ran to the Cubs; remember when Theo came back from his hiatus as GM in Boston; all that he talked about was a shift in focus on how to develop our farm system, develop a more thorough approach to scouting, not buying into the hype and marking smart moves. Well the team abandoned that approach when it was afraid it would lose fans if they did not make offseason splashes and now even the most die-hard fans are not watching because they hate the team and the messages the team sends to it’s fans. We fell in love with a team of idiots who worked for everything they got and persevered through everything! and somehow upper management thought the city of Boston wanted to watch over priced, entitled, cry babies; who blamed umps, the weather, schedules, the media, and God for why they did not win after being dubbed “Greatest team ever.” When in reality they will only be remembered for being the “worst team in September ever”! Well fans have endured over a year of September and it appears light has dawned on marble head (or ego) and Lucchino and other Red Sox management needed to be reminded by their new boy wonder that, Ugh guys you are doing it wrong. Let’s see if they learn their lessons and save your money for the right talent and listen to you baseball ops people, they know what they are talking about. Theo did and so does Ben Cherington.
Bobby V was not a mistake, taking away all his power and not embracing what he brings to the table was a mistake. Mr. Lucchino is a legend for finding the right people for the job, but what happens when you hire the right guy and tell him how to do his job.. thats just not smart business. Allowing the players (Dustin Pedroia) to announce that holding players responsible in the media and in public is not how we do things here. Well, maybe Dustin is confused that is ALL we do in Boston. Fans and media appreciate Dustin for the style of play he has, but please do not lie to our face and tell us the 2012 Red Sox were a team full of Dustin Pedroias. An important message would be last place and bitching about the manager is not how we do things in Boston. It’s about time athletes realized that fans identify with teams that represent their region. If Boston fans may be loud, obnoxious, over-proud, angry, drunk, stupid and ugly but we sure as hell will not listen to anyone(let alone an athlete) complain about his situation. In this town we pull ourselves up by our boot straps and go to f*cking work. That is how we do things here. Get it straight.
The Red Sox and the rest of the Boston sports teams seem to have lost their collective way since success so kindly paid our commonwealth a visit but the honey moon is over and it’s time to stop making excuses and start building something. At least it seems that as day broke from the storm that we are headed in the right direction but let’s hope we can navigate better once we get there, again.