Friday, December 08, 2006

Red Sox Misconduct?

This from the New York Times' Red Sox hater Murray Chass, and then a comment......

Talk of Misconduct Is Swirling Around Red Sox
By MURRAY CHASS
Published: December 8, 2006

"The Boston Red Sox might think of the Yankees as the Evil Empire, but other people in baseball now seem to view the Red Sox as a team that feels it can operate outside the rules.
According to executives of several clubs, the Red Sox were a hot topic of private conversation at the general managers’ meeting last month and at the winter meetings this week. Several officials who work for Major League Baseball said there appeared to be good reason for the talk. Many of those interviewed did not want to be quoted by name because of what they viewed as the sensitivity of talking critically about another team’s conduct.
Exhibit A for the disgruntled is Boston’s signing of J. D. Drew, who walked away from the final three years of his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a move that his agent, Scott Boras, said was aboveboard and precipitated by the marketplace. The signing of Drew could lead to an investigation by the commissioner’s office into possible tampering by the Red Sox; one baseball official said the commissioner’s office would vigorously investigate the matter if it received a complaint, but added that no complaint has been forthcoming.
One general manager said that many people at the general managers’ meeting, after hearing that Drew would sign with Boston, urged the Dodgers to file a tampering charge.
“We haven’t reached a decision yet,” Ned Colletti, the Dodgers’ general manager, said by telephone yesterday before leaving the winter meetings in Orlando, Fla."

Peter here. There seems to me to be no way to prove anything one way or another without a complete investigation. Was Drew informed of the Red Sox interest shortly before the winter meetings, and did this information cause him to legally back out of his remaining years with the Dodgers? That is the question. And if that's the case, that is wrong. The Red Sox should not go unpunished. But I want proof....100% proof before rumors and inuendos run rampant. Theo...play clean! Unlike Larry Lucchino, I TRUST you.

12 Comments:

At 12/08/2006 8:41 AM, Blogger ~**Dawn**~ said...

ugh. i don't trust Theo anymore. not since his little hissy fit last winter. and he's don'e nothing to prove that the winning team he put together in 2004 was anything but fluke good luck on his part for assembling that particular group of players. i personally think he sold his soul to the devil... errr, Steinbrenner, while he was on "Sox hiatus" & came back to crumble Boston inconspicuously from the inside. =P

 
At 12/08/2006 10:23 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I think of Larry Lucchino as the devil. Steinbrenner has outaged that role. Nice to hear from you...and this article was featured prominently in today's (Fri.) NYTimes. Murray Chass wouldn't give the Sox credit if they saved his life at Fenway by carrying him into the locker room from his seat (ala Jim Ed Rice and that little child) to the docs if he had a heart attack. Of course, I don't wish that for him. But you get my point. Stay well. As always, I love your comments!

 
At 12/08/2006 12:47 PM, Blogger Zachary A. said...

Well you have to remember, the guys up in Boston are "idiots", so I wouldn't put this past them.

I think Theo's done a nice job for the Sox (especially in '04), but over the last two years he's run into bad luck. His signings get injured, there's discord in the clubhouse, etc... But it's not all his fault.

 
At 12/08/2006 1:41 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hey Zach....happy weekend to you...BUT!!! You shouldn't call ANYONE idiots, especially on my home turf. Boston is sacred...NY is for losers....I still read your blog every day, but I had to draw the line.You DID draw it....so.... be well, have a great weekend, and grow up. Peter, smiling, sorta.

 
At 12/08/2006 1:43 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Zach, I might have, JUST A LITTLE, over-reacted, but you were talking about my FAMILY...I had to respond. Red Sox Forever........stay well! Peter

 
At 12/08/2006 3:07 PM, Blogger Zachary A. said...

Hey man, I didn't mean to insult you or your family... You remember, the Red Sox called themselves "idiots" in 2004. It was like their sequel to the "Cowboy Up" slogan of '03.

That's the only reason I used the term... It was just a joke. :)

And NY is not for losers. Need I remind you of all the WS champions one New York team has?

 
At 12/08/2006 4:39 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Well, I sorta do not agree, but thanks for the "I'm sorry........."

 
At 12/08/2006 4:40 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

It's a tough day for me.....December 8th...

 
At 12/09/2006 6:31 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Last I looked, the Yanks are "o" for the century.

 
At 12/09/2006 8:33 AM, Blogger ~**Dawn**~ said...

::laughs:: agreed that some of last season was bad luck, but c'mon now. Edgar Renteria?? Rudy Seanez?! Jason Johnson? nobody thought those were good ideas. ever. Steinbrenner will always be the devil. only the devil can run the Evil Empire. Chass *is* a jerk & i think his words are to be taken with a grain of salt but Theo has a lot of work to do if he is going to re-earn the trust of RSN. i am particularly wary of him at the moment. and if the Sox don't start looking better this year, i will seriously begin wondering if 2004 really was a fluke for the GM.

 
At 12/09/2006 10:12 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I hope he was, or will be, never a fluke. I hope you are well...what did you think about my "Closing Argument" post.? Dawn....have a great month!

 
At 12/09/2006 10:12 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

And Zach...still friends? I hope!

 

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