What the Hell?!??

Read today’s Shaughnessy column and tell me if you don’t think the exact same thing I did.

It rebroadcasts Sean McAdam’s thory that Ramirez is upset because official scorer Joe Giuliotti (whose columns I read in the Herald growing up) ruled one of Manny’s hard-hit shots off Jeter’s glove an error instead of a hit. I would like to think Ramirez is more mature than to sit out most of two games because he’s mad at a scorer’s decision. But if he’s not, I don’t know that I’d be surprised either. In either case, the New England sports columnists amazingly jumped on Ramirez and his 8 for 11 series after the five-game sweep, instead of on all of the many Sox culprits who could reasonably be singled out for castigation.

Shaughnessy’s column today is a bit different, (although he ultimately lapses into the same lazy "all these other players did things differently, so Manny must be a horrible, lazy ballplayer" mode he and Buckley and MacMullen always do), in that he captures this bit of lunacy from Francona about the scoring decision:

Tito said the Sox planned to formally protest to the league office to have the Jeter error changed into a hit for Manny.

“In my opinion, it was a horrendous call, and I think the [expletive] scorer ought to be embarrassed," said Francona. “It’s an [expletive] major league game."

Are you kidding me? The Red Sox are in the midst of a season-high six-game losing streak, his team just allowed Boston Massacre Part II, and Francona’s angry enough to use two expletives because of a scoring decision? I understand that Francona’s got to make Manny happy. If that requires formally protesting the call, fine. If that requires giving him a couple days off to cool down and blame it on a hamstring, that’s pretty sad but part of his job. But to call out the scorer for some of your fiercest criticsm in a year when far more than that has gone wrong for this club? That is troubling indeed.

Francona and the Red Sox are the ones who were embarrassed this weekend. Not the scorer. Get your priorities straight, Tito.

14 comments… add one
  • No defender of Tito am I, Paul, but I think that if he figures that he needs to throw some F-bombs in there to show Manny how strongly he feels about things, then it’s justified.
    As to whether Manny should be so upset and whether the hammy thing is just him sulking, that’s another matter. But I see it as Tito doing what he thinks needs to be done to get his best player back in the lineup ASA[expletive]P.

    Sam August 23, 2006, 2:49 pm
  • Maybe so, Sam. Maybe he felt the need to prove how mad he was so Manny would play, but still, it says a lot when the Sox lose five in a row to the Yanks and the maddest you see Francona is over a meaningless scoring decision…

    Paul SF August 23, 2006, 3:55 pm
  • Hold on a sec… Dan Shaughnessy is ripping into a Latino player? Shocker!

    airk August 23, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • Shaughnessy is an idiot.
    Frankly, even if Manny was sulking (which I doubt), the fact that he was the best part of the Yankee series for the Sox should get him a two day pass from the beat writers.

    walein August 23, 2006, 4:10 pm
  • But seriously, Manny has played in 121 out of 125 games, 2nd most on the team behind David Ortiz. Given the team’s outfield injuries, this has been a necessity. Funny that isn’t included in the meme.
    The day off is also totally in keeping with Francona’s established approach of giving any and all players a day off here and there when they need it. Anyone remember last season, when Ortiz sat out the 1-0 Randy Johnson vs Tim Wakefield gem at Yankee Stadium?
    I’m not saying Manny isn’t an odd duck, but how about a little context, please.

    airk August 23, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • I’m no fan of Shaughnessy, but the thing about Manny being really pissed about the scorer’s decision appears to be true – I’ve seen it confirmed in other places, by people who were initially skeptical (IIRC).
    I assume Francona is just standing by his player (his best player, in fact).
    It is irrefutable fact that Manny is having a *fantastic* season, and has played in nearly every game. That being said, isn’t it still wrong of him to freak out about such a small thing (and that WAS an error, dude) and have to be talked into playing the next game? That’s astounding to me.
    Yes, I’m a Yankees fan. No, I do not hate Manny. I don’t even particularly hate the Red Sox. If Sheffield did something like this (I picked him just ’cause he’s been known to dog it in years past), I’d be all over him for it too.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 23, 2006, 4:23 pm
  • Yeah, I’m a Manny defender, and I find the scoring issue troubling too. The problem is the columnists have already spilled their venom over such idiotic stuff before that when they talk about this it just sounds like the same-ole crap. Which is completely their fault, don’t get me wrong.
    I think criticism of Manny, particularly this year when he has played in a ton of games, as airk noted, is having one of the best seasons of his career, and just had the best series against the Yankees of any player on the Sox, is usually unwarranted — and even while this incident may be cause for concern, the columnists blew their chance at him with the last two dozen unwaranted attacks.
    Still can’t understand how Terry Francona gets more publicly upset about a scoring decision than poor play or poor umpiring though. That’s the angriest quote I’ve seen from him since Ortiz lost a homer to the Metrodome speaker…

    Paul SF August 23, 2006, 4:27 pm
  • Paul — I can’t help but feel you’re buying right into the Shaughnessy bullshit game. All you’re seeing in that article is a quote that fits Dan’s M.O.: To make Manny a bad guy.
    I wasn’t there, but I’d bet dollars to donuts that Terry had some choice words about how the team played last weekend as well. But we all know he’s not the kind of Manager to call out and rip players or the team a new ass in the press. And I respect him for that.
    Besides, even if Tito said “…Well, we [explitive] played like [explitive].” — it wouldn’t be in the article. It wouldn’t help substantiate CHB’s hatchet job on Manuel.

    Kluv August 23, 2006, 4:31 pm
  • Well, that could be, Kluv. But Shaughnessy isn’t the only person the Globe has in the Sox’ clubhouse. And I for one believe that somewhere between Edes, Cafardo, Benjamin, Masarotti, Silverman, Guregian, McAdam, etc etc etc, someone would have heard Francona say something to that effect and printed it — “We [expletive] played like [expletive].” — and that’s really all I’m looking for. As far as I know and read, no one did. And that leads me to believe he didn’t say it. Because a quote like that is news, the columnists’ agendas aside. I just want to see something that shows Francona’s got passion about how this team plays.
    I agree he shouldn’t be calling out guys in public, and that he doesn’t is to his credit, but sometimes I wonder if a good profanity-laced tirade about sloppy play in gneeral might not do more good than one about a scoring decision…

    Paul SF August 23, 2006, 4:55 pm
  • I remember when the Yanks lost an ugly game to KC last year, Torre held a team meeting, and while it was behind closed doors, it was leaked to the press that he tore the team a new one in that meeting. No such leaks about any Tito tirades have come out, and I think that’s what Paul is getting at.
    And I agree with you, Paul. It’d be nice to know that Tito is frickin’ steamed right now. But maybe…well, maybe he’s not.

    Sam August 23, 2006, 5:36 pm
  • I find it amusing that Manny is whining about a hit when he has one of the friendliest home scorers in the game and one hit probably isn’t going to affect his salary next year (not to mention his career achievements).

    Nate August 23, 2006, 6:09 pm
  • Paul —
    I certainly respect the desire for a good profanity-laced manager’s tirade. And, since I don’t think Tito will come through, I would like to pass you over to the man who turned it into an art form, HOF’er Earl Weaver:
    Team Speed!?!?

    Kluv August 23, 2006, 7:05 pm
  • I read the article and immediately thought “just CHB being CHB”. He’s written so many of these screeds over the years it doesn’t even matter if there is any truth or not. The turd has no credibility since he has so often used this method in order to stir the pot and gain attention.

    Tom sf August 23, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • When YF and I went to the game on Saturday we were lucky enough to be invited into the press dining area (by a member of the Sox’ FO who is a friend of my folks). For the experience and not for the food I should add. As we left, Shaughnessy was just striding in. I can’t say he exuded anything arrogant or unseemly, but as we walked past him I realized that he must have an extraordinary sense of his own place within RSN. 25+ years of beat and column-writing must certainly make him feel entitled to write anything he wants, true or not.
    I don’t know if this whole Manny thing is true or not, but the thing is that even if it is true (which it seems to be), and Manny thinks he was robbed, then all it shows is that a) Manny thinks about himself a lot, and b) that this selfishness doesn’t necessarily impact how great he can perform. The “B” part is the key.
    It’s petty and arrogant of Shaughnessy (or anyone not on the team medical staff) to presume that Manny asked out of a game because of a prior scorer’s decision, when the guy has done nothing but show up and play, all year, at an insane level. There are far better targets. And there is a much better use of time than reading Shaughnessy anymore, which is why I pretty much avoid him.
    P.S. I’ve been calling for Tito to launch a major loogie on an ump for like two weeks now, just as an aside. It would go a long way for me, at least.

    SF August 23, 2006, 9:58 pm

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