Dan Shaughnessy, of all people, hits the nail right on the head. Nothing else to add.

Not a single member of the Red Sox baseball operation is in New York this week, which is regrettable. Somebody needs to shake things up and it’s not going to be Francona. Mr. Hakuna Matata would be on the firing line if he weren’t in the first half of the first year of his three-year deal. He’s the closest thing we’ve seen to M.L. Carr since Pete Carroll. He won’t bunt and when he does bunt, his players can’t execute. He hasn’t been timely with his late-game substitutions (why wasn’t David McCarty on the field in the seventh after Ortiz made the final out of the top of the inning?) and discipline is a joke.

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  • Francona’s getting heat for not subbing McCarty in the NY papers as well, but that’s a tough call. Only up by 2 with 2 innings to play—you’d really hate to lose Ortiz’s bat in that situation. The Yanks have had the same problem with Giambi/Clark.

    YF July 1, 2004, 9:16 am
  • I agree with YF here. Of Shaughnessy’s comments, I lean more towards the Francona stuff. Not subbing for Ortiz is a tough call, I don’t hold that against him. The rest of the stuff applies.

    SF July 1, 2004, 9:20 am
  • You have to keep Ortiz in there during such a close game. He and Manny are the Sox offense.

    JCL (YF) July 1, 2004, 2:30 pm
  • WOW!!!! We all agree!!!!
    (welcome back, JCL)

    SF July 1, 2004, 2:50 pm
  • From a Yankee perspective, Joe Torre would have subbed in that situation. He successfully did so, numerous times, especially in the post season. In fact, the Yanks picked up (now injured) Travis Lee for that exact situation. Tied with two innings to go is one thing, but when you have any type of lead that late, you gotta make the switch. It’s not like the Sox have a poor bullpen that would force them to slug it out until the last strike.
    It’s little managerial moves in big sitations that seperate champions from pretenders.

    les (YF) July 1, 2004, 2:50 pm
  • Torre probably wouldn’t have subbed in the 7th. The 8th, without a doubt, but probably not the 7th. Let’s not get too carried away by his supposed “genius”.

    SF July 1, 2004, 5:40 pm

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