The Mole, Fenway Edition

Spies on Yawkey Way have enlightened us as to the source of the current friction in the Red Sox clubhouse.  Apparently it’s more than just one incident, and our embedded batboy tells us the real stories behind the Sox’ discord:

  • Jay Payton thrown off team jet following tantrum after request for kosher meal denied
  • Keith Foulke tired of being overused during clubhouse Xbox Live sessions, hurts knee kicking power cord out of console
  • Kevin Millar speaks, continues to exercise tiny brain
  • Johnny Damon’s shampoo spiked with Nair in off hours, parking lot cameras capture black Escalade leaving premises.  Video shows license plate identified as "G38ROX", Bush/Cheney stickers on bumper.
  • Locker with "Sheffield" nameplate jokingly installed by clubhouse crew, entire team threatens walkout.

Let’s hope this all gets worked out during the All-Star break.

17 comments… add one
  • Another weak game from Johnson, another great game from the offense and Mo — who will pitch in Fenway and how will Mo be against this Sox after so many bad outings?
    And the Yankees pick up 2 1/2 games in a week. Should be a good game Thursday.

    john yf July 10, 2005, 4:33 pm
  • Captain Jeter .309, 11, 37, .393 OBP
    Captain Varitek .308, 13, 34, .367 OBP
    Posada .259, 10, 39, .349 OBP

    john yf July 10, 2005, 4:46 pm
  • Runs: Jeter, 68, Varitek, 34, Posada, 34
    Posada has been in a slump that drastically dropped his average. Otherwise he’s ahead of Varitek.

    john yf July 10, 2005, 4:48 pm
  • “ahead of Varitek”
    Now there’s an amibiguous statement. Ahead of him in what? And slumps count, you know. So the “otherwise” thing doesn’t really matter. As in “had the Yankees not won 16 of 18, 8 in a row, or 6 of 7, then they otherwise would be buried near Tampa Bay”. Silly, right?

    SF July 10, 2005, 6:53 pm
  • Sure slumps count, but there are 77 games to go. At the end of the year I think Posada will have better stats than Varitek.

    john yf July 11, 2005, 9:17 am
  • Varitek is awfully well paid to be a slow, on-base guy who doesn’t drive in many runs.

    john yf July 11, 2005, 9:19 am
  • Varitek’s best RBI year was 85. Jorgie’s had 101, 99 and 95.

    john yf July 11, 2005, 9:22 am
  • Why the obession with Varitek? Who made any comparison between Posada and Varitek that you (seem to) object to?

    SF July 11, 2005, 9:50 am
  • SF – Obsession?
    Varitek is the All Star catcher. Maybe he deserved it on the basis of a half season and the World Series.
    Or maybe he’s getting more hype than he deserves. Jorgie has 4 WS rings, a lot more championship rings, a better career and more rbis this year.
    It’s like Jeter not making it, even though we know he will be in the Hall of Fame, has been one of the most winning players in the league, is having a good year (same rbis as Varitek, but from the leadoff position) and leads the league in runs.
    At a site for Yankees / Red Sox discussion, during the All Star break, comparing the stats of the Red Sox All Star catcher and captain to the stats of the non All Star Yankee catcher and captain is obsession?

    john yf July 11, 2005, 10:16 am
  • John, you understand that Varitek was voted in, right? He wasn’t selected by Francona as a last-minute fill-in over your beloved Jorgie, you know that, right?
    I think most of us agree that the All-Star starters are put in at the whim of lots of ill-informed fans. But even with an admission of that simple fact, there’s no reason at all that Varitek shouldn’t be the starter. Look at his offense, his defense, his value to the team THIS YEAR and there’s little question that he deserves to be the starter over everybody else in the AL. If you want to send a guy based on reputation and/or past team success, then by all means, make the case for Jorge. But that’s a different argument for a different team, not this year’s AL All-Star squad.
    Posada? He’s easily had a better 10 years than ‘Tek. Hell, any player who has played on 4 championship teams, even as a scrub (which Posada is not) can argue they’ve had a better decade than ‘Tek. So what?

    SF July 11, 2005, 10:32 am
  • SF,
    Maybe you could make a list of topics we are allowed to discuss.

    john yf July 11, 2005, 2:44 pm
  • Ok, you asked for it, John:
    1. The Red Sox and their championship.
    2. Is YF a real person, or am I, SF, just toying with everyone?
    3. Why isn’t Karl Rove in jail?
    4. Toscanini’s or Herrell’s – which is the creamiest?
    5. Howdy Doody, man or myth?
    Discuss.

    SF July 11, 2005, 5:18 pm
  • hahahaha

    Brad-SF July 11, 2005, 7:54 pm
  • 2. As I said in another thread, I’m starting to wonder myself. These Giambi comments are troubling too.
    3. I wonder about that too. And what about Tom DeLay?
    4. Best: Laboratorio del Gelato.

    john yf July 11, 2005, 8:00 pm
  • Haven’t had LdG, though I have had Ciao Bella and numerous other NYC attempts at ice cream. Not too impressive, though of course you can find a decent cone if you get lucky. Boston, or rather, New England, wins that competition hands down. Along with the clam chowder, lobster roll, fried clam and scallop fight. But New York wins the deli battle, the steak battle, and definitely the hot dog battle.

    SF July 11, 2005, 8:16 pm
  • How is Posada vs. Varitek even a question? Obviously Tek’s had a stronger first half. .892 vs .765 OPS. Neither is a miracle worker behind the plate. It’s not the career award, and if it were Pudge starts. And next year the smart money’s on Mauer. We can love Posada and hate the Sox, but reality is still reality.
    As for ice cream. NYC has Haagen Dazs and the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Solid.

    YF July 11, 2005, 9:52 pm
  • Haagen Dazs?!!? Maybe if it’s 2am, nothing’s open but the corner bodega, and your bong just tipped over.
    This one’s not even close. I think YF is throwing in the towel with that one.

    SF July 11, 2005, 10:09 pm

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