The pain , the joy and then the ineptitude …..
When all else fails, there has to be a sacrificial lamb , and nowhere does that seem to be more reflected than within the field of sports . A team is failing miserably , it is usually the manager who has to bear the burden of that blame , and that is even in light of these overpaid athletes simply not being held accountable for the ineptitude being shown on the field of play.
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In a deal that has been hastily arranged to soothe the pain , the Boston Red Sox will offload the remaining contracts ($262 million) of Carl Crawford , Nick Punto and Adrian Gonzalez , along with Josh Beckett for James Loney of the Los Angeles Dodgers and peripheral players that will make up this blockbuster trade. I have said it before and I will say it again , the hiring of Bobby Valentine has been the biggest managerial blunder that this franchise has made in its existence . The driving force I believe behind this personnel blunder has been the very fact that with the departure of both Theo Epstein and Terry Francona , this ball-club was caught between a rock and a hard place . The inexperience of Epstein’s successor Ben Cherington as the general manager , and the ineptitude of team President Larry Lucchino has indicated to me that complacency had simply set in within this organization , simply because of profits derived by the Red Sox through their programming operations afforded it by way of NESN .
The Red Sox right from the start knew that their next hire had to be an experienced and known name, to succeed Francona , a manager who guided the Boston Red Sox to two World Series’ titles in 2004 and 2007. In the subsequent years since those close triumphs , it would appear that the Red Sox simply chose to rest on their laurels . That is the sort of complacency that one tends to associate with so many major corporations , once they simply reach a plateau , rather than setting themselves their next achievable goal . And that situation is now being mirrored not just within corporate America but right across the panacea of professional sports. A great deal of the Red Sox’s problems are a carry-over from last season and the sheer ineptitude shown by the team during the final month of the regular season when they failed to make the postseason foray of baseball. That failure , alongside the infighting amongst the players simply laid waste to the exposure of team, that had become so self-absorbed with their own importance, and their condescending attitude towards their fans . And nowhere was this more reflected than with the infantile behavior pitcher Josh Beckett. His own performances for the Red Sox over that time span left a great deal to be desired .
In 2012 , the Red Sox have proven to be so inept and this is borne out in the team’s record (60-66 .476) and the very fact that they have not proven to be competitive within the AL East and specifically against their main rivals within the division , the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays . It has been these failures that have cast a dark cloud over the Red Sox and their continued failure over the course of this season . It should be noted that through this timeframe , the players on the team have added little productivity by way of offense or pitching .
Whatever is now borne out of the remainder of the season for the Boston Red Sox there is no doubt that the season will be deemed a complete failure by the organization’s own lofty standards . The claims being made that this bodes well for their long-term future because their farm system provides them with a source of bona-fide talent as a security blanket . My advice there would be , it may well do that but what of the farm systems of their rivals within the division , such as the Yankees , Rays and Blue Jays ? I for one , do not believe that those systems can be overlooked ! Only an idiot would consider the notion that neither of those teams will not continue to be competitive.
The additions of Adrian Gonzalez , Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford can only make the Los Angeles Dodgers better. Albeit , that Crawford will be lost to the team for the rest of the season , with the outfielder having to undergo season-ending surgery. The immediacy of the moment will not be lost on Don Mattingly , his coaching assistants or the Dodgers’ players. The Dodgers are currently locked into an ongoing battle within the NL West against the San Francisco Giants . And there is no doubt that the winner of the division will be guaranteed a berth in the postseason . However, a wildcard berth will still be up for grabs , and it is here , where we may well see a great deal more intrigue and suspense as the regular season meanders towards its inevitability .
The San Francisco Giants(71-56) currently maintains a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers within the NL West. With the two team set to meet two more times over the course of remainder of the regular season , starting on the 7th September when the Giants will play hosts to the Dodgers in the first game of a three-game series . The second series’ meeting will be when the Los Angeles Dodgers play hosts at Dodgers Ballpark , in Los Angles , California to close out their regular season and their season series against their divisional rivals in October . The first of those three games will be on the 1st October in what is sure to be a highly anticipated series .
The offensive presence brought by Adrian Gonzalez will undoubtedly give the Dodgers the determination they need to get the job done but that also has to be predicated upon the talents of Matt Kemp , Andrew Ethier and Hanley Ramirez . From a pitching standpoint , the change in environment may well be the boost Josh Beckett needs to regain the form of 2007 when the pitcher finished second in the AL Cy Young standings to CC Sabathia. The season series between the Dodgers and Giants, currently has the San Francisco Giants leading the series 7-5 , with merely remaining in their year-long scheduled series of eighteen games.
The Los Angeles Dodgers with a new ownership group headed by Magic Johnson , Mark Walter , Todd Boehly , Peter Guber and Stan Kasten . Having purchased this renowned ball-club for the staggering sum of $2.156 billion , the new owners know that without the presence of a postseason appearance to culminate their season , the year would have to be deemed something of a distinct failure . The expectations were and still remain high and this blockbuster trade merely signifies that premise . As to what now awaits the fans as the season meanders towards its inevitability creates the intrigue and suspense we have come to expect of the MLB postseason .
Are you at all surprised as to the swiftness of this blockbuster trade between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers ? And do you believe that Bobby Valentine’s position with the Red Sox is still assured ? By all means do leave a comment on this and anything else you believe pertinent to the subject matter .
Picture and slide show gallery below .
Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington speaks at a news conference before a baseball game between the Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. Cherington announced that the Red Sox sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett and outfielder Carl Crawford to the Dodgers on Saturday, parting with the high-priced stars in a nine-player trade that is the biggest swap in Los Angeles’ history. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer ….
(2) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez watches his three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill ….
(3) BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 25: Mike Moustakas (8) of the Kansas City Royals connects for a two-run triple in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 25, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Royals would go on to defeat the Red Sox 10-9 in 12 innings . Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images ….
(4) Bobby Valentine #25 of the Boston Red Sox gestures toward the pitcher’s mound in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on August 25, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Getty Images / Michael Hall ……
(5) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez, left, is congratulated by Luis Cruz, center, and Matt Kemp after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of the Dodgers’ baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill …
(6) Francisco Peguero (57) of the San Francisco Giants during his first MLB at bat against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at AT&T Park on August 25, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Braves would go on to defeat the Giants 7-3 . Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images ….
(6) Hunter Pence (8) of the San Francisco Giants scores a run against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning at AT&T Park on August 25, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images ….
(7) Madison Bumgartner (40) of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at AT&T Park on August 25, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images …
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